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Called to Serve: AARP Members Give Back

The energy, excitement and exuberance of a five-year-old. There’s nothing quite like it.

So when AARP’s Scotlandville chapter had the chance to do craft project with fifteen lively kindergarteners at the community head start center this past spring, they knew they had to be creative and entertaining.

Construction paper, brown paper bags, egg cartons, glue, leaves and ten pairs of hands went into helping children make caterpillars, hand puppets and picture gardens. The children loved it.

“We have grandchildren. We nurture. You feel that you have something to offer to the children,” said Rosa Williams, chapter president of AARP 1828. “We wanted to give back to the community and be of service. Some of us are former teachers and librarians so we wanted to focus on students and preparing them to learn.”

Craft Day was an end-of-year culminating activity for the students to engage in tasks requiring critical thinking skills as they constructed crafts from readily available materials.

“Many of our Day of Service projects have been with the center, collecting school supplies for the children to prepare them for the year ahead,” said Williams. “We also visit St. Vincent de Paul and attend to the sick.”

Recently chapter members worked with St. Vincent de Paul to collect over the counter drugs like cough drops and cold medicine, and prescriptions that members no longer needed.

“We look forward to serving in the community. It’s what we’re called to do,” said Williams.

Service is at the heart of AARP.

Dr. Andrus founded AARP because she was inspired to help others and change the world. Dr. Andrus couldn’t ignore people’s needs for health and financial security. She couldn’t ignore the retired teacher living in the chicken coop – her motivation for service.

“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live,” said Andrus.

AARP has continued her work to help all Americans pursue their best lives. Right here at home, AARP is making a difference for families in Louisiana where it is needed most, advocating for public policies and programs that meet the needs of the 50+ and being a champion for all generations.

As our nation faces growing challenges, AARP has launched Create the Good to help all Americans make a difference in their own time and in their own way.

Anyone can visit CreateTheGood.org to find or post ways to get involved in activities that help neighbors and communities. With a new, robust searchable database you can find an activity that suits your schedule and your interests – whether you have 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days.

Through Create The Good, you can connect to a network of people, tools and ideas to help you make a difference in your community.

Whether you want to become an advocate at the legislature, serve with AARP in your community or help make your part of the world a better place, AARP can connect you with opportunities. Join our volunteer network and discover the power of service.

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