Volunteers are the lifeblood of AARP

12 years ago

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AARP

To the editor:

    The week of April 16th is National Volunteer Week and at AARP Maine, we are grateful and honored to work with hundreds of volunteers every year. The extraordinary efforts of these dedicated individuals propel AARP’s mission “to serve, not to be served.” That phrase was coined by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, more than 50 years ago and it is certainly still true today.

    Our volunteers serve many roles and actively work to make the world a better place. They prepare taxes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, testify at the Statehouse on issues of importance to our members, meet with members of Congress and the state legislature, conduct AARP Driver Safety Program classes, and work with Maine community leaders on many of our initiatives. It is the incredible hard work and dedication of everyone working together that makes it possible for AARP to accomplish all that it does on behalf of the 228,000 members we serve in Maine.

    There are so many ways to create positive change in each other’s lives through volunteering. If you are already a volunteer with AARP, we thank you wholeheartedly for your hard work and dedication. In whatever way you choose to give back, you are making a difference and we applaud your commitment to others.

Carol Kontos

AARP Maine president