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San Diego Resident Wins AARP’s Most Prestigious Volunteer Award for Community Service

Joy Leibbrandtof San Diego, California has been selected by AARP to receive California’s 2009 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service.  This award symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

AARP California selected Joy Leibbrandtfor her remarkable service and for the impact she’s had on the lives of others and on her community.  Leibbrandtbrings a lifetime of compassion and experience to AARP’s San Diego Region, which represents over 300,000 members.

As an advocate for older adults, Leibbrandt played a vital role in the opening and establishment of AARP’s Information Center in San Diego.  Because of her efforts, thousands of members and the general public have the opportunity to explore AARP’s vast array of programs, issues and volunteer opportunities.

Leibbrandt remains actively engaged and involved in the planned activities of the California office to improve the lives of San Diegans age 50 and over.  Whether fighting for health care reform, visiting elected officials or helping members utilize resources in their community, Leibbrandt can always be counted on to advance the work of AARP.

Before retiring, Leibbrandt worked in the public sector in positions from Honolulu, HI to Washington, DC.  In addition to AARP, Leibbrandt participates in youth reading programs as well as the Travelers’ Aid for San Diego International Airport Santa Fe Depot.  She is also a member of the Senior Advisory Council for the San Diego’s Aging and Independence Services.

The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and over. The award will be formally presented to Joy Leibbrandt at a ceremony in December.

“This award acts as a symbol to members and the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says AARP CA State President Jeannine English.  “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

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