— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Ohio for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, and believe in the power of the individual to spark change and improve their community one act at a time. According to Dr. Andrus, “It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. … The human contribution is the essential ingredient.” Recognition of those whose passion for service – who share their human contribution – is …

— AARP Ohio is seeking nominees for the 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors members who are making a positive impact by volunteering. The award is named after longtime educator and AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus. Nominees will be evaluated on how their work has improved their community, supported the organization’s vision and inspired others. The Ohio recipient will receive a $1,500 award, to be donated to an eligible nonprofit. The award will be presented at the annual Statewide …

— Unfair legislation forces all Ohio utility customers to pay $300 million increase for failing business AARP State Director Barbara A. Sykes announced AARP’s opposition to House Bill 6 that would saddle all Ohioans with a new, unfair and unnecessary annual $300 million nuclear bailout tax. Based on the legislation, one company, First Energy, stands to receive the majority of the newly created $300 million Clean Air Program Fund. “After the five previous attempts to bailout their failing business on the …

— Come join AARP OH for a night out at the theater. While you are there, speak with an AARP representative to learn about what AARP is doing in the community. AARP is a sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary Tour. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is renowned for celebrating the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance heritage. AARP members and guests may purchase discounted tickets at 15% off (excludes seats in …

— By Sarah Hollander Retirement gave Virgil Reed time to volunteer. It also gave him a purpose. When Reed left his longtime career as a Time Warner Cable executive in 2009, he shopped for health insurance for his wife, high school daughter and college son. All three were turned down for preexisting conditions. “I could not find private insurance for them at any price in Ohio,” Reed said. When AARP Ohio contacted Reed to see if he would like to become …

— AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2019 Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities.  Other …

— Taking care of those we love comes naturally. Today more than 1.7 million Ohioans are caregivers for their family or friend. AARP invites you to a celebration of this important role, featuring Oscar® and multi-Grammy® winning singer, songwriter and actress Regina Belle, who will share her own powerful story of strength. Regina Belle made a career moving gracefully between the worlds of R&B, Gospel and Jazz. But after experiencing major health challenges, Belle found herself back at the top of …

— By Sarah Hollander Nurse practitioner Sara Pease, 41, wanted to serve her rural community by helping open a combined primary care and mental health practice in East Liverpool five years ago. When Calcutta Family Care’s medical director left abruptly in 2017, with no successor, Pease was left scrambling to secure the fate of thousands of patients. She and the remaining three nurse practitioners couldn’t provide care without state-mandated oversight by a doctor. Finding a physician wasn’t easy. When she did, …

— It’s been just about two weeks since I attended the AARP Ohio 2018 Volunteer Summit and I’m still feeling the excitement. A fellow Cincinnati volunteer had to convince me to make the trip and I’m glad she did. I’ve always known that AARP was a big organization with important goals. Over the past year, I’ve witnessed how our local events and activities encourage older men and women to live well and enjoy life. The Summit reinforced my sense of connection …

— AARP Ohio and the Playhouse Square Theater District in Cleveland are offering exclusive discounts for  events in the 2018 season. In addition to touring hosting Broadway shows, concerts and comedy, Playhouse Square is home to the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland Ballet, Tri-C Jazz Fest and other groups. Discounted shows will be listed online and are open to AARP members. For more information go to https://tickets.playhousesquare.org/g02 and use  promo code PSQOHIO.