— 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 …

— 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 …

— Family caregiving is central to AARP’s social mission. One of the tools we have to help support caregivers is The Prepare to Care workshop. This volunteer led workshop focuses on giving caregivers a framework to actively prepare for the care their older loved ones may need You are invited to join a team of volunteers who will be making Prepare to Care presentations to help people understand the importance of planning before a crisis. During the training you’ll review the …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Team Better Block engages communities by planning and orchestrating short-term local events to temporarily improve the physical and economic environment on a specific city block. Through participatory workshops, the team helps the community generate ideas about how to build on their city’s assets to improve public space. By using street furniture, outdoor seating, parklets, landscaping, pavement painting for bike lanes and crosswalks, and energizing public space with lively programming and local art, Team Better Block will utilize temporary changes in …

— A new school year is upon us, and 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 …

— Walk with AARP at the 15th Annual African American Male Wellness Walk on Saturday, August 11. Taking place in Livingston Park in Columbus, the event starts with free health screenings at 7 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 9:30 a.m. To walk with AARP, please register and check-in at the AARP booth the morning of the walk by 9:00 a.m. As you walk, feel free to chat with our AARP Central Ohio volunteers to find out what AARP is doing …

— Americans 50+ are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc – and it’s important we stay that way. The power of older voters is real, but many of them don’t vote in most midterm elections. In the 2016 Presidential Election, 2.9 million Ohioans age 50+ voted but in the 2014 Midterm Election, only 2.1 million Ohioans age 50+ voted. That’s a difference of almost 900,000 drop-off 50+ voters. AARP wants to change that. The AARP Ohio state office is recruiting volunteers …