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Recognize a Volunteer for Making a Difference

Do you know someone who is always there to lend a hand?

The AARP Alabama Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program which honors those individuals whose volunteer service is a unique and valuable contribution to their community and the lives of their neighbors.

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Mary Emma Potts of Fairhope was honored for a lifetime of volunteer service with the 2011 Andrus Award, and AARP Alabama is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 prize.

“Volunteerism is clearly a new way of looking at retirement for older Americans. Many are finding that they want to remain active and involved and that volunteerism fulfills this need and the desire to help others,” said AARP volunteer State President Brent Halverson.

“Through this recognition, AARP encourages individuals to use their skills and assistance as a way to remain vital as well as make a difference in their community.”

The screening of nominees will be performed by a committee of volunteers and AARP staff, and involves a range of criteria, including positive impact on the lives of individuals age 50 or older, improvement of the community in or for which the work was performed, and serving as an inspiration to others to volunteer. The award recipient will be announced on or around September 1, 2012.

AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominee must be 50 years or older.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.
  • Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.

Please contact Anne Hails at ahails@aarp.org for further information and a nomination form, or fill out the nomination form online. The application deadline is June 1, 2012.

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