Liz Lucas of Juneau has been selected by the Alaska state office to receive the 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. The award symbolizes an individual’s power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
AARP Alaska selected Lucas for her remarkable service and for the impact she’s had on the lives of others and on her community of Juneau. Lucas is a non-stop, creative, dedicated, hard-working, enthusiastic, vibrant leader who understands that the work of AARP can have a positive impact on people’s lives. She is constantly searching for ways to make her community and state a better place for all residents and she weaves the mission of AARP into the unparalleled volunteer work that she does.
As the moving force behind Juneau’s Community Council, Lucas spearheaded the first ever AARP Day in Juneau which provided an opportunity for all residents of Juneau to benefit from the many programs offered by AARP and over twenty community partner organizations delivering critical services in the area.
Lucas was instrumental in the creation of a partnership with local Juneau non-profits to create an entire program on aging in place. She helped create a mobile display that was used at home shows throughout Southeast Alaska. Lucas also organized panel discussions with certified aging in place specialists to answer questions from local residents on home modifications.
Lucas has a long history as a volunteer for AARP and is known locally and statewide for her dedication promoting AARP’s programs, including Driver Safety, , in addition to other organization’s programs like the Capital City Task Force, a group of volunteer advocates based in Juneau.
“This award acts as a symbol to members and all Alaskans that we can all work together for positive social change,” says Ken Osterkamp, AARP Alaska state director. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve. Liz is a shining example of a volunteer who is truly engaged. She is respected and cherished by AARP staff and other volunteers.”
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 older. The award will be formally presented to Lucas at the annual AARP Alaska State Leadership Forum in October 2010.
Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of those 50+, and to improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.
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