— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

— Mayor Sherman Lea Receives City’s Certification, Reflects Focus on Helping Residents of All Ages   ROANOKE _ AARP today presented Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea with the city’s enrollment certificate in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.   “We are committed to our senior population and making our community friendly to people of all ages,” the mayor said.   At an event at Roanoke City Hall with the Local Office on Aging and other city officials, Roanoke became the 202nd city …

— RICHMOND _ On Friday, February 9, 2018 the Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation H.J. 103 that could help more Virginians save for retirement, this bill will now go to the Senate.  An AARP survey reveals that many voters in the Commonwealth are extremely worried about their ability to build nest eggs and believe lawmakers should support the creation of a Virginia Public-Private Retirement Savings Plan. An AARP telephone survey conducted in January of registered voters in Virginia ages 18-64 shows …

Soupforseniors

— AARP Virginia encourages everyone to help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to the Local Office on Aging (LOA)’s annual Soup for Seniors collection. Contributions will make a huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors. This year’s goal is 50,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 3,500 local residents. The soup collected helps provide a hot meal on a cold day and also reminds them, in the bleakest part of winter, that the …

— RICHMOND _   AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask legislators to improve programs that help Virginians who need health care coverage and those in long-term care facilities, as well as to create a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1.1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.  In recent years, AARP Virginia has successfully fought for protections for …

—   AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers will be fighting for Virginians age 50+ at state budget hearings on January 3. The volunteers will speak at regional public hearings of The House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly.  The committees are holding the hearings to solicit comments from the public on the Governor’s proposed 2018-2020 biennial state budget. AARP volunteers will tell the legislators to fund programs important to Virginians, especially those in long-term care facilities, and …

— NEWPORT NEWS, VA – AARP on Monday presented U.S. Representative Bobby Scott with the 2017 ‘AARP Champion for the 50-Plus’ Legislative Leadership Award for his significant achievements during the 114th Congress.   Scott received this recognition for leadership that benefits the lives of Virginians age 50+ and their families.  AARP Virginia staff and volunteer leaders presented Scott with the award on Monday in his Newport News office.   “Congressman Scott once again demonstrated his commitment to serve — and his ability …

— AARP Funds Quick Action Community Project in Farmville to Make Community More Livable AARP Virginia announced that Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity is a winner of the AARP Community Challenge.  The challenge aims to create change and improve quality of life at the community level by supporting quick action projects by local organizations.   “Thanks to the hard work and leadership of Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, more members of the Charlotte County community will be able to live in …

— AARP Virginia Unleashes Election Social Media Effort #WW2K RICHMOND _ Virginia voters will have a chance to publicly ask candidates for office questions and the office-seekers will have the opportunity to answer those questions in a continuous open forum between now and Election Day. AARP Virginia today launched its 2017 voter engagement campaign, called We Want to Know.  The effort, which will be driven primarily through social media, will give voters across the state an online venue for asking the …

— What would you ask the next Governor of Virginia?  What do you want to know from the candidates before you cast your vote in November? You can ask your question and be in the know with #WW2K! Here’s what you need to do: 1. Write your question for the candidates on a whiteboard or a white piece of paper.  Make sure it is a question that ALL candidates for the office can answer. Avoid personal attacks on candidates, and do not …

— RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia announced today that the state’s largest and most widely-broadcast debate sponsored by nonpartisan organizations has been cancelled for 2017 because Democratic candidate and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam declined to participate. “Virginia voters are the real losers here,” said AARP Virginia Interim State Director Patrick Cobb. AARP Virginia will continue to be active during the course of the election with its We Want to Know campaign encouraging Commonwealth voters …