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Message from Margot: Calling AARP TN Volunteers

We at AARP certainly understand why Tennessee is nicknamed "The Volunteer State. We have some of the best volunteers in the country! And we want to help recognize folks who are doing good in their communities and across the state.

So please download a form that you can use to submit an AARP Tennessee member for an AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. Regional honorees will be selected, as will one statewide winner. Don't dally. Nominations will only be accepted through June 1.

The Andrus Award is named in honor of AARP's founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, who lived her life by the motto, "To serve, not to be served." Andrus Award winners are chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve their communities and inspire others to volunteer.

Volunteers have played an important role in AARP since its beginning in 1958. Their efforts in Tennessee support AARP's work in many ways and make the association a vital presence in communities throughout the state.

Our volunteers worked for more than a decade to enact reforms to the state’s long-term care system that—beginning this year—will allow more folks to stay in their homes and out of nursing homes.

We're working with local planning officials to make our communities more livable – improving sidewalks, streets, housing and the like. We're joining with organizations like Rebuilding Together to repair and renovate houses for seniors and with community leaders to improve our schools. We're talking with our elected officials regularly—advocating on behalf of consumers of all ages on bills that would improve our lives.

We're providing resources at career fairs for folks looking for jobs, information about healthy living at local expos and we're fighting to protect Medicare and Social Security for all generations to come.

You can join AARP Regional Impact Teams (RITs), which provide the grassroots support for AARP Tennessee's goals. We also have local chapters that do tremendous work. Whatever your interests, we can find a role for you as an AARP volunteer. To join us, please email the state office at tnaarp@aarp.org.

And if you want to find an easy way to help your community on your own time—whether you have five minutes or five hours—you can do so through AARP's Create the Good project.

We would love to welcome you and—perhaps one day—to honor you for all the work you do in your community and across the state.

Margot Seay
AARP Tennessee State President
Margot is AARP Tennessee's highest-ranking volunteer. She has won plenty of awards, including the "Outstanding Volunteer in Aging award from the Southeastern Association of the Area Agencies on Aging and Disability.

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