— By Sarah Hollander When students hug her in the hallway, Audrey Kaplan knows she’s making a difference. The retired life insurance agent began tutoring students five years ago at Iowa-Maple, a public elementary school in Cleveland, through AARP Foundation Experience Corps, an intergenerational literacy program for children struggling to read. She’s paired one-on-one with students three days a week. Her kids typically start way below grade level. Most gratifying, said Kaplan, 65, of Euclid, are those who are initially reluctant …

— You’re invited to “Step Out” with AARP Ohio on Thursday, May 24th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Conservatory Wells Barn. You’ll learn about how you can “Step Up”from those who have as we celebrateAARP Volunteers and encourage you to become one. We are sure you will enjoy yourself as we provide dessert, music, and a wonderful environment. AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into Real Possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that …

— 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 communities 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 …

— It’s National Volunteer Week! During this week AARP in Ohio pauses to recognize the amazing things our volunteers throughout the state do for those 50+. From visiting elected officials to helping people protect themselves from fraud to bringing caregivers together for information and support, our volunteers make a positive impact in and for their communities every day.   Did you know that the value of each hour a volunteer works is estimated to be $24.14? That’s an impressive dollar amount …

— Cincinnati is on several of America’s best cities lists. And there are no plans to stop. Come find how we’re on the move and plan to make Cincinnati a more livable community for everyone. AARP Cincinnati invites you to another Better Together event to celebrate Cincinnati with our guest, actress and comedian Kim Coles, best known for starring in the comedy series, Living Single. AARP Cincinnati has been in your community working with you and city leaders to make Cincinnati …

— AARP Ohio aims to keep members informed about issues that affect them and their families, such as caregiving, utility costs, health care and tax reform. AARP also offers opportunities for members to take action and make their voices heard. That’s especially important in an election year when Ohio voters will choose a governor and U.S. senator. As a nonpartisan organization, AARP does not endorse candidates but does take a stand on issues. Members who want to get involved can sign …

— Chief Judge for Federal Bankruptcy Court to Serve in Lead Volunteer Role AARP has appointed the Honorable Randolph Baxter (ret.), past Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court of Northern District of Ohio, to the top volunteer position in Ohio. As the new State President for Ohio, Baxter will serve as a spokesperson for AARP Ohio with the media, opinion leaders, legislators and the public. He will also chair the AARP Ohio Executive Council, a volunteer leadership committee that …

— 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 …

— By Noreen Willhelm For Jean Bindeman, volunteering at 90 is based on two strong convictions: “Life is for living,” she said. “You are part of the world and creation, and as such a person, you are responsible for trying to make it a better place because you are alive.” Bindeman, a retired high school math teacher, has been a volunteer for 25 years at the Aullwood Audubon Center near Dayton, where she spends up to five days a week leading …

— 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 …