While you may know AARP for its member discounts and award-winning magazine, the full story of AARP reaches deep into the cities and towns across Iowa and across the nation.
Through the work of more than 500 volunteers in Iowa, AARP is realizing the mission of founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, to improve the quality of life and help fulfill older Americans’ goals and dreams and to age with dignity.
Since 1958, when Dr. Andrus, a retired high school principal set out to change the circumstances for retirees like her colleague she found living in a chicken coop because she couldn’t afford proper housing or medical care, AARP has worked in Iowa and across the country to change the way older Americans are treated.
With nearly 380,000 members in Iowa today, AARP works to engage members and leverage our collective strength to ensure that the needs, interests and concerns of the 50+ community are heard in the marketplace and by our elected officials.
Under the leadership of volunteer State President Tony Vola and State Director Kent Sovern with Executive Council and Program State Coordinators Mary Ann Young, Sharon Treinen, John and Bev McCartney, Larry Neppl and Elmer Neussendorfer, volunteers devote their time and talents to a variety of issues and programs from advocating at the State Capitol to supporting community-based initiatives that help make a difference in our state and improve the lives of older Iowans.
Several important, all-volunteer-led programs help thousands of Iowans stay independent for as long as possible. These include the classroom refresher defensive driving skills enhancement, the AARP Driver Safety Program, and helping older Iowans preserve their financial independence through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide free tax preparation service and Money Management bill-paying program.
AARP Iowa also works to connect members across the state with meaningful opportunities to get involved by partnering with statewide non-profit groups such as the Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program and the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol. AARP’s national on-line volunteer connection resource, Create the Good www.createthegood.org helps Iowans connect with local volunteer needs in their communities on any number of issues from helping children to fighting hunger.
Over the years AARP advocacy on the issues at the Iowa State Capitol and in Washington, D.C. has ensured the voices of older Iowans and their families are heard. During the just-completed 2011 Iowa Legislative Session, AARP successfully fought to protect the pocketbooks of Iowa families by preventing an unfair utility rate hike intended to pay for a nuclear power plant that may have never been constructed.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about what AARP is doing in Iowa and how we are working to continue to honor the legacy and life of founder Dr. Andrus.
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