— AARP Michigan volunteers and staff shared sandwiches, veggies and policy talk with dozens of state lawmakers and their aides  at this year’s Legislative Luncheon and Lobby Day on Feb. 13 at the State Capitol Building. Between legislators and their staffs in attendance, 45 of Michigan’s 110 House districts were represented and 19 of the state’s 38 Senate districts were represented at AARP Michigan Lobby Day, including 45 lawmakers from both major parties. Legislators met with 34 red-clad volunteers, who specifically sought out elected officials …

— Chief Judge for Federal Bankruptcy Court to Serve in Lead Volunteer Role AARP has appointed the Honorable Randolph Baxter (ret.), past Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court of Northern District of Ohio, to the top volunteer position in Ohio. As the new State President for Ohio, Baxter will serve as a spokesperson for AARP Ohio with the media, opinion leaders, legislators and the public. He will also chair the AARP Ohio Executive Council, a volunteer leadership committee that …

— Gwendolyn Spencer Prater, Ph.D. of Madison has been appointed as the new State President of AARP Mississippi. State President is AARP’s highest volunteer position in Mississippi, representing 285,000 AARP members in the state. In partnership with the State Director, volunteers and staff, the State President helps the organization achieve its vision, mission and strategic priorities. Prater previously served as a member of the AARP Mississippi Executive Council where she helped shape AARP’s strategic direction in the state. She is Dean …

— Only one month has passed in 2018, and boy do we feel like we hit the ground running! Watch what your AARP Maryland staff has been up to so far in 2018! January- Our Month in Review! It’s only the second month of 2018 and boy do we feel like we hit the ground running! Check out this video to see what your AARP Maryland staff and volunteers have been up to for the 31 days of January! Posted by …

— Diagnosed with dementia and without a job, volunteering for the issues and people she cares about the most has kept Jackie Coleman happier than ever before. Shortly after Coleman lost her dream job as a disability rights lawyer due to her diagnosis, she decided to become an AARP member and soon after that a volunteer with the AARP California Capitol Response Team, “where I make sure that we get approved the right laws that benefit those who are 50 years …

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— Tax season is upon us and so is the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program! Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low- to moderate income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older, at several locations across the Granite State. All tax counselors are volunteers that are trained by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since is inaugural team …

— NEW KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURES IS BACK FOR THE 2018 SPRING SEMESTER New Knowledge Adventures (NKA) is a lifelong continuing education program for older adults designed to offer exceptional learning, exploration and fellowship opportunities in a comfortable and non-competitive academic surrounding. Supported by Idaho State University, AARP Idaho and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, NKA represents the most affordable learning opportunity for the 50 plus in the Treasure Valley. For just $35 participants can sign up for an unlimited number of classes. …

— Be the Difference in Your Community Every single day, AARP Idaho’s volunteers fuel our work in communities across the state. Without the hundreds who donate their time, skills and passion, we wouldn’t have enough capacity to help struggling older adults transform their lives. We love our volunteer corps, and we’d be thrilled to add you to their ranks. If you would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities we encourage your to attend our next monthly volunteer network meeting.   WHEN: January 11, …

— WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

— By Drew Jubera Three years ago, Kay Argroves, a nurse anesthetist, read a story about advocacy volunteers for AARP Georgia. It intrigued her. Argroves had always been interested in the political process, and this looked like a way to become more involved. “I vote every chance I get,” said the Madison resident. “But voting can only go so far.” So Argroves contacted the AARP state office, attended training for volunteers and found herself under the Gold Dome, navigating a maze …