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AARP Collaborates with Commission on Community Service

AARP Colorado and the Governor’s Commission on Community Service entered into a recent collaboration to promote volunteerism and sustain healthy communities.

AARP, which has more than 1,300 volunteers statewide, and the GCCS, a commission that promotes the ethic of volunteerism and carries out initiatives in mentoring and literacy, teamed up to provide education and outreach resources through sharing website links, newsletters, presentations, promotions and training opportunities.

A large part of the collaboration is geared toward promoting AARP’s commitment to volunteer service, which first grew from the vision of founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. From its very beginning, AARP has fostered volunteer efforts at the national, state and local levels that have improved the lives of current and future generations. True to our legacy of volunteerism, more than 9 million people throughout the country are giving back through AARP today.

Through the collaboration with the GCCS, both AARP and the commission were able to cross promote events that took place during the recent Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. AARP used its Create The Good website to post volunteer opportunities and asked volunteers to report back on their activities to the website.

Create The Good lead Cathy Lasnik entered into the collaboration on behalf of AARP Colorado with the commission’s executive Toya Nelson late last year. “They are very excited about our upcoming collaborations and we are thrilled,” said Lasnik. “It’s simply another avenue that allows all of us to increase volunteerism opportunities and awareness in our Colorado communities.”

GCCS, under the Office of Lieutenant Gov. Joseph Garcia, serves as a catalyst for the promotion and expansion of community service and volunteerism to all Colorado residents as an effective means to address civic and social issues and improve the overall well being of communities throughout the state, Nelson said.

In addition to its national and community service charge, the commission works to promote and expand volunteerism and civic participation through initiatives such as: Colorado Mentoring, which provides leadership in the area of youth mentoring; Colorado Cares, a statewide day of service, and Citizen Corps, an effort to encourage and prepare volunteers to respond to natural disasters/homeland security situations

AARP Colorado will have the opportunity to participate in those initiatives. Get more information online at Create The Good, or call 1-866-554-5376.

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