— On September 19, 2018, a devastating fire forced nearly 200 residents of the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex in Southeast DC to flee their homes. Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, first responders and U.S. Marines from the nearby Washington Barracks, there was fortunately no loss of life. However, the building suffered major damage to the upper floors and now has a partially collapsed roof. Since the fire, Capper residents have been temporarily housed in hotels, nursing facilities, …

— Wednesdays at the Wilson Building (W@W) is a video series that provides brief updates on the current state of the District, encourages advocacy and connects policy experts to District residents. AARP DC will report on what’s going on with District Council at the Wilson Building and the Mayor’s offices, with a focus on issues that contribute toward an Age-Friendly city where individuals of all ages can live, work and play. To get involved in this important advocacy effort: Follow AARP …

— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP DC is providing opportunities to connect and help build a city for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Washington, DC — AARP DC is pleased to announce that Darryl Taylor has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Award honors outstanding individuals whose volunteer work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Every year AARP state offices across the country and in the U.S. territories choose an Andrus Award winner based …

— Here at AARP, we are committed to helping all individuals 50+ live their lives with dignity and honor — that includes those who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and others. Join AARP DC this year at the following events and activities! AARP on Tap Come join AARP DC for a drink, storytelling and support. AARP DC will be hosting listening sessions this year for each letter of the LGBT spectrum. We’re sharing information from Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of …

— AARP Foundation Experience Corps trains volunteers, age 50 years and over, to tutor and mentor more than 30,000 Pre-K to 3rd grade students throughout the country. The program is recruiting volunteers for the 2018-2019 academic year now. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for adults in DC looking to get involved and make a difference in your neighborhood! For more information, visit Experience Corps’ website or email dfraction@aarp.org. Get Inspired by Ernestine’s Story When Ernestine Young heard about an exciting program …

— There are eight volunteer-led AARP Chapters in the District, which offer health and wellness fairs, presentations on relevant topics, community service opportunities and fun outings. Find an AARP Chapter near you by searching here, and get involved! Join us in congratulating two AARP Chapters that received AARP grant funding to support projects in DC. Elementary School Uniforms for Students Penn Branch Chapter 3473 purchased school uniforms, backpacks, coats and more for students in need at Randle Highlands Elementary School in …

— Do you know a volunteer, over the age of 50, who’s made a significant impact on your neighborhood? Now’s your chance to get them recognized by nominating them for AARP’s most prestigious community service award. What is it? The Ethel Percy Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, aims to shine a light on outstanding local volunteers who donate their skills, time and love to their communities. AARP DC will be accepting nominations until July 9, 2018, and the winner will receive …

— Chances are, you’ve acquired good communication skills over the years. Why not share them with children? AARP DC is recruiting volunteers for AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a program that places adults 50 and older in elementary school classes and after-school programs to tutor kids in reading and literacy. Volunteers find it gratifying to help the students—most of whom improve academically—and to stay physically and mentally active. Volunteers must commit to giving at least five hours a week, on two to …

— On the evening of February 22, 2018, Richard Charles Jones Crutchfield entered into eternal rest. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Crutchfield and our hearts go out to his family and friends. He was an outstanding and inspirational human being and leader who was the quintessential model for living your best life after 50. Richard was a District native born on August 22, 1931, to parents Sam Thomas and Thelma Helaise Jones. In 1949, he graduated from …

— AARP DC volunteers play a critical role in our efforts to help the District’s 50+ live their best lives. The impact our volunteers have on this work cannot be overstated. Through letter writing, attending hearings, giving testimony, participation in rallies, and various other activities we are able to serve the 50+ community on issues that matter most to them. Issues impacting District seniors are experienced differently in each ward, which is why we’ve added a new layer to our volunteer …

— “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 …

— Washington, DC — AARP DC is pleased to announce that Wes Morrison has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Award honors outstanding individuals whose volunteer work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Every year AARP state offices across the country and in the U.S. territories choose an Andrus Award winner based …