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Attention AARP Volunteers: Save These Dates

AARP North Dakota’s volunteer recognition and education event will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Ramkota Inn in Bismarck.

We know your calendar fills up fast, so please mark this on your calendar and make plans to attend.

We’ve confirmed Megan Hookey, AARP’s Vice President for Volunteerism and Service, as the keynote speaker. Tammy Gordon, who leads AARP’s social media team, will offer more training to help you navigate social media platforms like Facebook.

The conference will also include information about the 2013 North Dakota Legislature and AARP’s work in communities. And, of course, we’ll take time to celebrate you and other volunteers.

Watch for more information in your mail. Meanwhile, if you have questions or would like to offer suggestions for this fall’s volunteer conference, contact Marlowe Kro at mkro@aarp.org or by telephone at 701-355-3643.

Potential New Volunteers Are Welcome, Too

Would you consider becoming an AARP volunteer? If so, we’d also like to invite you to attend the conference.

There are several meaningful, part-time volunteer opportunities you could consider, even if you are still working full- or part-time.

Tax-Aide

Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, volunteer-run tax preparation service. The Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older.

See Also: Online Tax-Aide Prospective Volunteer Form

Volunteers should be computer literate but do not need tax preparation experience. Training classes using IRS training materials are in January, and tax sites are open Feb. 1 through April 15.

Volunteer client facilitators are also needed to help clients before seeing a Tax-Aide counselor.

There is a need for Tax-Aide volunteers across the state. You can volunteer for as little as four hours per week and a schedule that’s flexible to meet your other needs and plans.

Driver Safety Instructors

As a Driver Safety program volunteer, you would conduct four-hour driver safety classes geared towards people 50 and older in your community. Volunteer instructors are needed statewide.

See Also: Online Driver Safety Volunteer Form

The Driver Safety program also needs non-instructor volunteers in Fargo, Minot, Williston and Dickinson. The primary responsibilities of these volunteers would be to help locate potential classroom host sites and help promote participation in the course through local publicity opportunities.

Both Tax-Aide and Driver Safety volunteers are provided with excellent training and reimbursed for any costs to attend the training.

Advocacy and Education Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who will help staff in the AARP North Dakota office provide education and information to other members and the public. This could include arranging speaking events for staff members, speaking to small groups, staffing a booth at an event, or assisting a staff person at a larger event.

The AARP North Dakota office is also looking for “Legislative Buddies” – someone who has a relationship with one of their legislators or an interest in building a relationship.

We are building a network of volunteers and AARP members in every legislative district in the state to be Legislative Buddies. We need interested individuals who can access a North Dakota legislator, who supports AARP’s positions on state issues, and is willing to make a specific ask of the legislator on behalf of AARP.

As an advocacy or education volunteer, you will receive ongoing training and support.

To learn more about these opportunities, contact Josh Askvig at the AARP North Dakota office via email at jaskvig@aarp.org or call 701-355-3642.

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