AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

—   x January 2018 summary: The first few weeks of the 2018 Legislative Session are now in the rear view mirror! More than 1,200 bills were introduced in the House and Senate in January and AARP Maryland is reviewing them now. Our advocacy director has noted many of this year’s bills center around health and retirement savings, as well as utility bills related to broadband. Our Delegation Fridays in Annapolis have been a huge success, and we’ve gotten to meet some …

— Only one month has passed in 2018, and boy do we feel like we hit the ground running! Watch what your AARP Maryland staff has been up to so far in 2018! January- Our Month in Review! It’s only the second month of 2018 and boy do we feel like we hit the ground running! Check out this video to see what your AARP Maryland staff and volunteers have been up to for the 31 days of January! Posted by …

— Are you comfortable with public speaking? If so, we need you as a volunteer! Mark your calendar for January 31st and come see us at our Speaker’s Bureau and Volunteer Engagement Open House! What: AARP Maryland’s Speaker’s Bureau and Volunteer Engagement Open House When: January 31st      10:00 a.m. -1 p.m. Where: AARP Maryland State Office 200 St. Paul Place Suite 2510 Baltimore, MD 21202 For more information and to register, visit our official registration page! 

— Hunger persists long after the holiday spirit of giving winds down. That’s why AARP Maryland sponsors Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry, an annual drive to replenish local food pantries. Nearly 1 in 5 low-income residents 60 and older struggle with hunger, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. Older people who don’t know where they will get their next meal are five times more likely than their food-secure peers to suffer from depression. They also are more susceptible to extended hospital …

— AARP Chapters across the state of Maryland are all vital parts of their community and take time to give back. We’re proud to see the hard work they accomplish each and every year. As 2017 comes to an end we’d like to shine a spotlight on one chapter that has really gone above and beyond to volunteer in their community: Suitland Maryland Chapter 939. In addition to volunteering with the AARP Maryland state office throughout the year, the Suitland chapter sponsors …

— By Michelle R. Davis During his career as a journalist, Jim Gutman had to keep his opinions to himself. As the vice president and managing editor at a health care news publishing company, he needed to remain objective, staying outside the fray of politics. But when he retired in 2016, he could move from observer to participant. Gutman said he had long admired AARP, after watching the group’s lobbying efforts concerning Medicare Part D. “Once I retired, I wanted to …

— As AARP Maryland’s current State President, Clarence “Tiger” Davis, completes his final term, AARP is thankful for everything he has done. “Tiger Davis brought a lifetime of grassroots activism and public service to AARP in Maryland six years ago when he became our State President,” said AARP Maryland’s State Director, Hank Greenberg. “He has been a great leader, partner and mentor to me during that time, and I credit him with opening doors for AARP in communities throughout Maryland, raising …

— BALTIMORE (October 10, 2018) – Jasmin Marie Duckett of Baltimore has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the  2017 AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service—the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Maryland selected Duckett for her remarkable service, including her tireless work on a series of improvements that together help to make her West Baltimore neighborhood a safer and more comfortable place to live— especially …

— If someone with more professional experience offered you guidance early in your career, here’s a chance to pay it forward. AARP Maryland has teamed up with Associated Black Charities (ABC) to recruit mentors for its Volunteer Career Mentor program. The volunteers help low-income workers of color identify their strengths, improve performance and set career goals. Want to help? Contact Bernard K. Sims of ABC at 410-659-0000, extension 1712, or bsims@abc-md.org. For more information, go to abc-md.org.

—   Updated July 2017: In addition to several volunteer Executive Council positions that are open, AARP Maryland is also seeking a new volunteer State President who would start in 2018! Learn more and apply below (if interested in the State President position, please mention in your application). AARP Maryland is looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland – to help shape goals and …

— Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Awards honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Andrus Awards. All nominations must be submitted by June 2nd, 2017. Take some time and nominate a volunteer in your community. Click here for additional information.