— AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Washingtonians 50 and better who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. We know that you have seen and experienced the impact that a dedicated, caring and experienced volunteer can have on lives, programs, communities, and society. This is an opportunity to recognize that impact and to let an outstanding volunteer know their service is valued. …

— AARP Washington is seeking volunteers to work our booth at this year’s Bite of Seattle, July 20-22. Our area will feature several activities that are fun for all ages.  Event goers can burn off some calories by taking a spin at our bike station; get a fake tattoo; play augmented reality games; and visit our photo booth. With all this action going on, we need volunteers to help everything run smoothly.  Each shift is 4 hours and includes food tickets …

— Would you like to help fight fraud in our community and join the AARP Fraud Fighter team? Volunteers at the AARP Foundation’s Fraud Fighter Call Center, based in SeaTac, offer counseling and fraud prevention tips. You’ll give consumers the tools they need to recognize the difference between “too good to pass up” and “too good to be true.” Join us in the fight against fraud. There are various shifts available and lunch is provided. There is easy access to public …

— By Dana E. Neuts Thirty years after retiring from Boeing, John Pehrson, 91, of Seattle, is helping the city become age-friendly. Pehrson is the volunteer chairman of the Market to MOHAI project. When complete, the 1.4-mile pedestrian corridor will stretch 20 blocks from Pike Place Market to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) at South Lake Union. The corridor will include lighting and signage aimed at pedestrians and connect two Seattle landmarks and four parks—Lake Union, Denny, Bell Street …

— By Leila Davis Our Spokane Chapter 384 continues to grow and new members are always welcome. We, the Board, are so privileged to have such awesome membership. Since 2015, our commitment has been to donate food to Second Harvest Food Bank.  During the year 2016, a total of 1,245 pounds of food was collected from our members. Our membership is provided updated information on many important Legislative dates and events. Each meeting features a speaker providing interesting and informative topics …

— Here at AARP, we believe that making a difference doesn’t stop as you age. Millions of older adults are using their experience to give back, to solve problems, and to change lives. Do you know an extraordinary individual who is using their life experience to make a better future for all?  If so, please nominate them for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award™ . “The AARP Purpose Prize is all about a new story of aging — focusing on experience …

— By Christina Clem, AARP Washington In 2004, former submarine Command Master Chief John Braasch made it his mission to help homeless veterans living on the Olympic Peninsula. Fourteen years later, his non-profit, Voices for Veterans, has helped thousands of former service members connect with resources, community services, as well as provide a welcome, judgement free zone that embraces our brave soldiers. His humanitarian vision produced the popular Stand Down events that offer veterans hot meals, medical and dental services, clothing, …

— “It’s only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” ~ Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP Founder AARP is more active than ever in your community. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people aged 50-plus, with more than 950,000 members in Washington state, we provide information and resources on issues that matter most to you, your family and your friends. At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. Through education, advocacy …

— Kirkland resident, Art Mussman has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Washington selected Art for his remarkable service which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Art spent nearly a quarter of a century in the Air Force serving our country. But …

— By Dana E. Neuts Last fall Leslie Meyer, 61, volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she was matched with 10-year-old Elizabeth, a Russian girl who came to America with her mother and brother when she was 5. “I realized being a Big Sister could make a difference in a girl’s life,” said Meyer, a retired insurance broker from Kirkland. “I wanted to be a support system.” Serving as Elizabeth’s mentor, Meyer takes her “little sister” on weekly outings to …