— A park in the village of McComb has new benches and play equipment, thanks to a $20,000 AARP challenge grant. The park is a focal point of this community of about 1,600 in northwestern Ohio. It features walking paths around two reservoirs, frequent games on four baseball diamonds and a zero-edge swimming pool, which allows people of all ages to enter with ease. In the winter, a free ice rink is open to everyone. Adult and multigenerational playgrounds boost physical …

— BJ Blanchard was selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Ohio selected Blanchard for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. She has been volunteering as an Ombudsman Associate at Long Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) for over 25 years. LTCO …

— Educating youth can be a very rewarding and gratifying experience. Knowing that the contribution of your time and effort can help a child excel academically makes the work worthwhile. At the AARP Foundation Experience Corps, volunteers know all about that feeling. AARP Experience Corps is an innovative volunteer program that creates opportunities for adults age 50+ to take part in vital community service. Volunteers serve as literacy tutors for children in 22 cities across the country. In Cleveland, the AARP …

— Our veterans have served our country with pride, and AARP Ohio wants to ensure that veterans and their caregivers have access to resources that help them live a healthy life. Please join us for our second annual information and resources event with the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System. Saturday, November 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Gilmour Academy Lower School 35001 Cedar Road Gates Mills, OH 44040 Map It Interact with special guests AARP Caregiving Advocate Major General Tony …

— AARP is a proud partner of the 6th Annual Greater Cleveland Film Festival.  The Festival runs September 21st thru the 29th. The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) showcases regional, national and international urban culture and provides a platform for talented minority independent filmmakers, screenwriters and actors. AARP members can receive discounts on tickets and festival passes, either at the Shaker Square Cinemas box office or online with our discount code, GCUFF6. As part of GCUFF, AARP will be sponsoring …

— AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into Real Possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families. If you’re interested in having fun and making an impact with new friends, then volunteering with AARP might be the answer. AARP Sip, Sample and Serve Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Presidential Banquet Center 4548 Presidential Way Kettering, OH 45429 You and your guest are invited to join AARP Ohio at the Presidential …

— Enjoy some of the newest LGBT features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world at The Neon during the Dayton LGBT Film Festival from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017. AARP is proud to sponsor the screening of The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin on Saturday, October 14th at 2:30 p.m. and to offer a coupon for a complimentary popcorn and soda to AARP members and their guests for this screening only. To purchase tickets visit www.daytonlgbt.com. Dayton …

Larke Recchie

— Central Ohio resident Larke Recchie, has recently been appointed to the AARP Ohio Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers, who work with the Ohio office and other volunteers to provide ongoing strategic direction for state activities in support of AARP priority issues framed by the AARP National Board of Directors. Recchie, is the Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) which represents the state’s network of twelve regional Area Agencies on …

— From July 26th through August 6th, nearly 170 volunteers from around Ohio traveled to the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus to staff the AARP booth. We couldn’t have asked for a more energized and enthusiastic team of Buckeyes to interact with fair goers about issues that impact all Ohioans. For the first six days of the Fair, our volunteers engaged visitors to our booth about the AARP Fraud Watch Network. We armed them with information and tools to help …

— Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us to fight back against fraud at an AARP Fraud Watch Network Shred Fests in the Northwestern Ohio cities of Lima, Defiance and Toledo! Lima Shred Event  Friday, August 18, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Area Office on Aging 2324 Allentown Road Lima, OH 45801 Defiance Shred Event Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Defiance County Senior Services (Parking Lot) …