—   Introducing AARP Massachusetts Advocacy Coffee Hours at the State House! In addition to our community outreach and local workshops and presentations that we offer, legislative advocacy is another huge part of what we do at AARP Massachusetts. Our advocacy, for example, resulted in passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act in Massachusetts, a huge benefit for the state’s 844K family caregivers. In this new year of 2018, our legislative advocacy efforts are already full-steam ahead! Our two key …

— By Jill Gambon During her 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, Louise Myers witnessed the impact the program has had on people’s lives. As a retiree, Myers wants to make sure Social Security remains intact. That’s one reason she’s a volunteer advocate with AARP Massachusetts. “I am a firm believer in keeping Social Security protected,” said Myers, of North Chelmsford. “I saw that my voice could be heard through AARP advocacy work.” Myers is one of about a …

— Are you looking for a community-level volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference in the life of a child and her or his future? Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 25 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston and the Massachusetts affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps,  is looking for people to be paired as volunteer literacy tutors to help Boston and Revere schoolchildren improve their reading and literacy skills. Generations Incorporated matches volunteers with individual children who attend one of  17 public schools or after-school programs …

— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Arnetta and Carl Baty are recipients of the 2017 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. The 2017 Andrus Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 21, at Carson Place in Dorchester. As community volunteers in the Codman Square area, Carl and Arnetta Baty (pronounced BAY-TEE) provide a plethora of service, from arranging monthly coffee hours, organizing a food pantry, hosting speakers on issues including health, housing, and safety, preparing CARE packages for families living …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. AARP Foundation and AARP Massachusetts are looking to expand the team of volunteers for the 2018 tax season by recruiting volunteers. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season.   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for …

— Interested in a community-level volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference in the life of a child and his or her future? We’re looking for people to be paired as volunteer literacy tutors to help children attending school in Boston and Revere improve their reading and literacy skills. At AARP Massachusetts, we work with Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 25 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston and the Massachusetts affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps. Generations Incorporated matches volunteers with individual children who attend one of  …

— NEW! Read the June AARP Bulletin story about how one AARP Massachusetts volunteer uses social media to be involved in legislative advocacy! At AARP Massachusetts, we use a variety of methods to communicate with Bay State residents. We send out weekly email notifications about upcoming events, and our popular monthly e-Newsletter; we send press releases to newspapers, and radio and TV stations; we post information on our website; and we use social media. Our two social media platforms  — Facebook and Twitter — …

— By Jill Gambon Jane Ahern-DeFillippi, public policy junkie, closely tracks bills in Washington, D.C., or on Beacon Hill that could affect her community, especially its older residents. As a volunteer legislative advocate for AARP Massachusetts, Ahern-DeFillippi also posts and shares updates daily on Facebook. She helps keep others informed about health care reform, for example, and upcoming classes or events. She became a Facebook “power user” after participating in a social media workshop offered by AARP Massachusetts. In the class, …