— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to North Dakotans 50 and older. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what …

— In the wake of the Equifax data breach, volunteers trained to help consumers avoid scams are prepared to speak to community groups in North Dakota. Thousands of residents reported fraud and identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. These presentations offer a way to fight back. The volunteer Fraud Fighters describe recent scams and explain the techniques that con artists use. To schedule a presentation, email aarpnd@aarp.org or call 866-554-5383 toll-free.

— The City of Bismarck is the recipient of an AARP grant totaling $12,610 as part of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and enhance quality of life for people of all ages at the community level. Bismarck is among 89 grants totaling $780,000 awarded to projects across all 50 states and the District of Columbia to make communities more livable for people of all ages. “AARP’s Livable Communities initiative supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural …

— Although she walked in the University of Mary graduation ceremony April 29, Bismarck resident Cassidy Kraft has one more task to complete before earning her degree in mass communication, with a minor in marketing. Kraft began a 13-week internship June 5 at AARP North Dakota. She will focus on communication projects including; social media, volunteer recruitment, campaign planning and implementation, and event planning. During her experience at the University of Mary, Kraft was an editor for the school newspaper, completed …

— Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Even if you have a job, you could still become a volunteer. Volunteer with AARP to make a difference in your community while using your skills and talents. AARP will provide resources, support and training to prepare and equip you. Meet new people and have fun…with a purpose. The amount of time you spend volunteering with us is completely up to you. And any expenses you incur as a volunteer would be …

— Mike Chaussee of Bismarck has joined the staff of AARP North Dakota as associate state director for advocacy. Chaussee will have primary responsibility for organizing and coordinating federal, state and local advocacy on issues of importance to AARP members, as well as a key role in supporting member volunteers who are engaged in working on those issues. Chaussee comes to AARP from KXMB-TV where he was assistant news director and assignment editor. From 1997 until 2014 he was an associate …

— Mike Tomasko is a retired health care executive, president of his homeowners’ association, and an AARP volunteer. When he was invited to become a volunteer leader, he felt an obligation to do so. “I could be happy not doing much of anything, no doubt about it,” Tomasko said.  “But when important issues come up and you may be able to make a difference, if you have the health and ability, you should try, because others have volunteered before you.” Tomasko, …