— AARP Idaho is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week, an annual opportunity to step back and recognize the hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and passions to improving every corner of this great state. While it is easy to get caught up in statistics – more than 500 exceptional volunteers, thousands of hours of service – it’s the “good” behind those numbers that is truly awesome. AARP could not achieve their mission to improve aging in the Gem State …

— Annual Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Bay State residents who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.  The award is named after our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. “AARP Massachusetts is excited to shine a light on 50+ Commonwealth residents who are using what they’ve learned in life to …

— AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Colorado Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-plus Coloradans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Colorado is excited to shine a light on 50-plus Coloradans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Bob Murphy, AARP Colorado state director. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Colorado staff and volunteers, based on how the volunteer’s work …

— AARP North Dakota is seeking nominations for its Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors North Dakotans 50 and older who share their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of others. The award recipient will be able to designate a nonprofit organization to which $500 will be donated in the award recipient’s name. Nominations will be evaluated based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award …

— 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, …

— AARP selected Maui residents William “Bill” and Lena Staton to receive the 2017 Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious state volunteer recognition award. The Andrus Award is an annual award for exemplary volunteer leadership named after AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967), who exemplified AARP’s motto: “To serve, not to be served.” The Statons conceived of and coordinated the “Maui Welcomes Home Her Vietnam Veterans” event on Maui as part of the 50th Commemoration of the …

— Ila Plasencia of West Des Moines was named the 2017 recipient of the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award — at AARP Iowa’s annual volunteer recognition event in Des Moines on Nov. 8. She is the first Latina recipient of the Andrus Award in Iowa. In addition to the award, Plasencia received a check for $1,000 to donate to her charity of choice, the Midwest Educational Resources Development Fund. Plasencia, 90, …

— Executive Council Member and Lead Volunteer for Macon-Bibb Myrtle Habersham received AARP Georgia’s 2017 Andrus Award, named for the founder of AARP Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Affectionately known as the “unofficial mayor of Macon-Bibb,” Myrtle champions for the rights of those who are 50+ wherever she goes. She has been a valued and trusted member of AARP Georgia, and we were thrilled to have her recognized by The Telegraph, Macon-Bibb’s primary daily newspaper for her efforts. Thanks, Myrtle! We appreciate …

— AARP New Hampshire honored volunteers at a celebratory luncheon held today at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester.  The most prestigious volunteer award, the Andrus Award for Community Service, was presented to John Larrabee, a respected leader in his community of Eastman. Others honored were Andrus Award finalists; Driver Safety, Tax-Aide and Advocacy Volunteers of the Year; Retired Educator of the Year; and Community Partner of the Year. The Andrus Award for Community Service, named after AARP’s founder …

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— Meet John Larrabee. John is a retired educator, environmentalist, master woodworker, self-proclaimed “beer snob,” and the recipient of AARP New Hampshire’s 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, our most prestigious volunteer award that recognizes an individual 50 years or older who has made an impact on their community through volunteerism and inspiring others. More than that, John Larrabee is the inter-generational example that the Granite State needs. Born in 1946 to an engineer father and a stay-at-home mother, John spent …