— By Holly Fisher When the “Picturing Nam” exhibit comes to Greenville in June, Hank Povinelli, 70, will scan the photos for his own young face. He was a U.S. Army staff sergeant in the 1st Aviation Brigade, stationed in Vietnam in 1969. He was just 21 when he returned home. Povinelli recalled how he and his fellow Vietnam veterans kept quiet about their time at war, silently burying that part of their military service. “No one wanted to talk to …

— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— Are you a breast cancer survivor who wants to become more physically active? AARP South Carolina is encouraging survivors to consider joining a research study, Moving Forward Together 3, to reap the benefits of a home-based walking program. The University of South Carolina College of Nursing and the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program are recruiting women 21 and older who were diagnosed with stage 0 to 3 breast cancer in the last five years and have not been …

— Perhaps you’re an empty nester. Or maybe you never raised kids but would love to have a grandchild. Either way, you can provide a loving home to a South Carolina child in need of foster care. AARP South Carolina reminds Palmetto Staters that they can make a critical difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent. Some 4,000 kids are in foster care in the state, and the typical foster parent is between 49 and 57 …

— Want to be part of your state’s democratic process?  Become a poll manager!  It’s a great way to give back to your community and perform a civic duty.  As a poll manager, you can help make sure the state’s elections remain secure, accessible, and accurate for all voters.   It is also a great way to earn a little money while engaging in the democratic process. If you would like to apply to be part of the team of citizens who …

— By Holly Fisher The first year Leonora Myers volunteered with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, she and the other volunteers used pencils, paper forms with carbon paper, and handheld calculators. More than 25 years later, a lot has changed. This year, Myers is overseeing the volunteers in Aiken, who prepare tax returns using computers and online filing software. The Tax-Aide service is offered free to taxpayers. Myers, 81, a CPA, connected with Tax-Aide in 1990, putting her love of numbers …

— See a need, meet a need! South Carolina has experienced horrific and historical flooding. It’s heart breaking to see our friends, family and neighbors hurting and devastated. We are a proud state and know in difficult times, South Carolina becomes stronger and shows the nation what we are made of. Many of you have been asking, “What can I do?” There are many ways you can help with your time and resources. Here is some important information from AARP SC. …

— The Office for the Study of Aging is looking for volunteers to join the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program (SCVAGAL). Volunteers act as advocates on behalf of abused, neglected or exploited adults under protective service custody in the South Carolina Family Court System. In 2013, over 2,800 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults were reported in South Carolina. Over 350 of these reports resulted in court proceedings. This is why the SCVAGAL Program needs …

— “Stand Down at the Beach” is this Friday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Myrtle Beach at the U.S. Army Reserve. The event aims to help homeless Veterans and Veterans receive services and resources such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling and referrals for other services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. This is the first ever Stand Down event in Horry County. It has been a collaborative effort …

— In just one week, more than 40 federal, state, and local resource organizations and service providers will come together for “Stand Down at the Beach.” AARP South Carolina, Veteran’s Welcome Home Center, Palmetto Goodwill and Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson are the primary sponsors of the event. Stand Down at the Beach will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve, 3392 Phillis Boulevard. “Stand Down is an event to provide services …