Across the nation, more than 33,000 volunteers, members and employees of AARP will fan out into their communities and get to work as part of the association's seventh annual Day of Service.
"Last year, 75 percent of Americans 50+ gave either time or money to their local communities," said AARP Chief Operating Officer Tom Nelson, who will be helping refurbish homes for low-income residents in Washington, DC. "AARP's Day of Service shows the difference that one day of collective effort and giving can accomplish."
The 50+ community is very committed to giving of themselves on behalf of their communities according to the results of a new Omnibus Survey on volunteering. According to the survey, almost half (48%) of all 50+ Americans volunteered at some point during the last year and three quarters of Americans 50+ (75%) either gave time or money last year.
The activity of giving back to the community is not one that declines in retirement. According to the survey, about one in three (32%) actually report devoting more time to volunteering since retiring.
AARP has built a reputation for leveraging its collective influence to improve the lives of 50+Americans and on this special day AARP volunteers will be out in full force in communities across the United States.
AARP created the Day of Service to enable its employees across the country to follow their motto "To serve and not to be served." Every year, AARP closes its offices across the country so staff can volunteer in their local communities, providing assistance at food banks, visiting long-term care residents, providing transportation for homebound seniors, repairing and rehabilitating homes of seniors and people with disabilities and much more.
A sample of other AARP Day of Service projects across the country include partnering with Rebuilding Together to repair homes for low-income elderly in Colorado and Washington, DC, packaging and donating groceries in Massachusetts, running a state-wide blood drive in Michigan, running a document shredding event in Indiana to help protect residents from identity theft and educating consumers about the wise use of medications in Ohio.
For more information on AARP Day of Service, visit www.aarp.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.