AARP Utah has a staff of only five people, so we rely on our 300+ volunteers to help us offer programs and events around the state! Volunteer teams in Salt Lake City and Ogden can find themselves checking in members who have registered for events, passing out information at a health fair, introducing speakers for a program, painting a fence for our Day of Service, or helping to stock boxes for the Utah Food Bank. But we can always use more people looking for ways to serve the community! It's important for us to have volunteers' eyes and ears in the community to understand the wants, needs, challenges, and aspirations of people around the state. With your guidance and input, we hope to identify potential partners and areas where AARP Utah can serve and work to make a difference for the 50+ population.
This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, and is seeking volunteers to help with this service for the 2018 tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, approaching its 50 th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. Training will begin next month.
Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2015 AARP Utah Andrus Award for Community Service. The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. It recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and that inspire others to volunteer.
Do you have an interest in starting your own business or growing the one you already run? If so, you should consider SCORE as an excellent resource for free mentoring assistance. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. (It stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives, but like the former American Association of Retired Persons, it just uses the acronym as so many of its mentors are currently working.)
AARP has always been about service. The Association was founded by a volunteer, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, more than 50 years ago, and is guided to this day by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and National Policy Council. Each of AARP’s 53 state offices (which include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) receive direction and support from an all-volunteer Executive Council and extended volunteer team. And AARP manages several major volunteerism initiatives.
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