— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, to lobby days at the Capitol, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Oregon. We hope you’ll join us! 

— AARP volunteers are in a class of their own! They bring a lifetime of experience, passion for the well-being of their community and a desire to serve. This year, we will be featuring other AARP volunteer leaders who are working on behalf of 50+ Oregonians and their families in our state. On this blog, we are excited to share our conversation with Sandy Grzeskowiak, a long-time AARP Oregon volunteer who has dedicated many hours on a variety of projects and …

— Volunteers make our communities great places to live work and play. Now you can you love your favorite volunteer back by  nominating that volunteer superstar for AARP’s most prestigious community service award. What is it? Named after AARP’s founder, The Ethel Percy Andrus Award highlights outstanding local volunteers who donate their skills, time and love to their communities. AARP Oregon will accept nominations until July 15, 2019, and the nominator will receive the opportunity to donate $500 to an eligible non-profit …

— With the legislature in full swing, AARP members can sign up for advocacy alerts and make their voices heard when it’s time to fight for older Oregonians. That includes pushing for workplace rights such as paid family and medical leave, to give all workers time off to care for a new baby or an ill relative. Just 15 percent of U.S. workers have paid family leave through employers. Protecting older Americans against job discrimination is also a priority, by fighting …

— By Mac McLean Jerry and Priscilla Stewart volunteer for Portland’s Store to Door, delivering groceries to older adults, which helps them maintain their independence. The couple cherish spending this time together because they get to meet new people and check on their welfare. “You get to know them,” said Priscilla, 76, who takes orders by phone from her clients while her husband, Jerry, 78, does the shopping and deliveries. “One lady says to me every week, ‘Thank you for allowing …

— AARP volunteers are in a class of their own! They bring a lifetime of experience, passion for the wellbeing of their community and a desire to serve. AARP Southern Oregon Volunteers are no different. One could even argue that they have something extra going for them – the AARP Southern Oregon Community Action Team. Become a Volunteer Today!   AARP Southern Oregon Community Action Team (CAT) is active in Jackson and Josephine counties. The CAT organizes the poplar annual Vital …

— Share your experience, skills and passion while helping AARP achieve the goals that 50+ residents of your state care about most as an AARP Oregon volunteer. Research shows that volunteering contributes to better health and overall wellbeing. In addition, volunteers are a backbone of our communities. AARP volunteers help address community needs such as health and financial security through advocacy and outreach. In the Portland Metro area we are especially looking for: Advocates who will work with staff and other …

— Volunteers makes our communities happier, healthier places to live, and it’s also good for the individual! The founder of AARP, Ethel Percy Andrus, noted that “It is only in the giving of ourselves of others that we truly live.” She believed in community service. It’s part of the DNA of AARP. Psychology Today ran a story a few years ago about some of the benefits of volunteering. Did you know people who volunteer are healthier and live longer?  Health and …

— The AARP Foundation Experience Corps tutoring program shows that when older adults help kids, the interaction improves everyone’s well-being. In Portland, volunteers are needed as the successful program helps more children with reading, thanks to the City Council’s allocation of $400,000 over two years. The city’s Metropolitan Family Services, which oversees Experience Corps, is seeking older adults to tutor at-risk children in kindergarten through third grade. Volunteers will receive training in literacy tutoring to work with children individually and in …

— By Merry MacKinnon For retired bookkeeper Chris Anderson, a walking-based exercise routine works best when done with a group. “I like the structure,” she said. Anderson, 66, had explored Portland neighborhoods for years with a group called Senior Strolls. Starting in 2005, Donna Green of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) ran the award-winning, free guided walking program for older adults. After funding for Senior Strolls was cut, AARP Oregon, in collaboration with PBOT and the nonprofit Oregon Walks, recast …

—   Show your appreciation of a great volunteer by nominating him or her for the 2018 AARP Oregon Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Oregon volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. The Andrus Award is AARP’s highest honor, given to an individual who embodies the principles of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.  While her name does not carry the instant recognition that …