— “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. AARP DC volunteer Jay Thal is a 2018 Community Cornerstone Award recipient. He’s lived in DC for over 50 years and has been serving his community for just as long. Councilmember Anita Bonds and the Third Annual Community Cornerstone Awards The Community Cornerstone Award was established to publicly recognize community builders throughout the District of Columbia. These are people who make this city a better place …

— In cooperation with The Beacon newspaper, AARP DC is cosponsoring the Beacon Celebration of the Arts contest for amateur artists 50 and older in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The contest has four categories—painting, photography, poetry, and sculpture/3D (including pottery, jewelry, textile arts and more).   Artists can begin submitting entries online on April 1, 2018, which is when we will reveal the submission portal.  The entry period ends in June. There is a $10 entry fee per …

— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, …

— As I reflect on the accomplishments of AARP DC’s dynamic team of volunteers and staff in 2017, I am proud of our ability to make an impact in the lives of the 50+ residents in the midst of re-establishing a larger identity with the relocation of the AARP District of Columbia State Office to Southeast. This year, we… Amplified the voices of older adults Volunteers and staff listened to the feedback and concerns of more than 200 DC residents at …

— National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize the daily contributions of a silent army of Americans who help their loved ones remain at home, where they want to be. While these family caregivers wouldn’t have it any other way, they need some support. AARP is fighting to support America’s 42 million family caregivers – including the estimated 75,000 family caregivers in DC. From local advocacy to workshops, tools and resources, here are just …

— Harvey, Irma, Maria – these powerful and dangerous hurricanes have been devastating to the communities in their path of destruction. At the same time, wildfires and earthquakes have impacted the west coast of the United States. No matter where you live, it is important to take action now to prepare for emergencies. Here in the District of Columbia we never know what winter storms may be in store for us! September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA encourages you to …

— AARP DC participated in the Citi Open Tennis Tournament from August 3 -6, 2017. AARP DC’s mission was to spread awareness about the information and resources available in the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The engagement at the AARP DC exhibit booth included a survey that tested participants’ knowledge of the latest scams, and tactics being used to defraud unsuspecting individuals of their hard-earned money. Over the course of the four days: 648 people took the fraud survey (with an average score …

— Does your community group need a speaker for an upcoming meeting or event? AARP DC staff and volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics to groups of 15 or more anywhere in Washington, D.C. The presentations are well suited for civic organizations, church groups, senior villages, etc. We can tailor the length of the talk to fit the group’s needs. To request a speaker, please complete and submit our speaker request form.* Topics include: Fraud (20-45 mins.) – The …

— Connect with AARP while you experience CABARET at The Kennedy Center! AARP members and guests are invited to purchase tickets to the show which includes a free post-show talk-back with cast or crew, courtesy of AARP. As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. AARP members and guests can …

— In celebration of Pride Month, AARP DC  will host a FREE screening of  Other People on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM. AARP members are invited to register for your tickets to the film screening now! Seating is limited. Starring Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons, Other People is about a struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, who moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like …