What’s your resolution for the New Year? Whether or not you have a laundry list of changes you’d like to make, consider adding community service to your busy schedule. You don’t need to have a specific skill, just a desire to help others. AARP can help you find ways to give back – to your loved ones, to your community, and to society at large.
Create The Good
AARP launched Create The Good to connect people with opportunities for service, in whatever way works for them.
While many want to assist others, often they are caring for children and/or parents while holding down full-time jobs – or even working into retirement years. Create The Good expands on traditional ways to volunteer by exploring time-flexible options linked to a wide variety of topics and issues.
5 minutes? 5 hours? Every day, you can find ways to serve your community that fit your life and interests.
Simple, fun ideas. If you like to do things on your own time, these how-to videos and guides are for you. Subjects range from pedestrian safety to emergency preparedness.
Making good even better. Looking for volunteers? Post your opportunities online.
In Massachusetts, nearly 3,000 members are engaged as volunteers with AARP community service programs, and tens of thousands more help advance issues and make their voices heard through e-advocacy.
Help make Massachusetts roads safer. Taught and administered by volunteers, the AARP Driver Safety program has helped millions of drivers remain safe on the road.
Update drivers on the rules of the road by teaching a classroom refresher course.
Become a volunteer leader for the program in your community.
Assist low- and middle-income residents with their taxes. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide serves low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. The AARP Foundation administers the program in cooperation with the IRS.
Help residents prepare their 2011 tax returns.
Volunteer as a counselor or a leadership coordinator.
Help residents with low-incomes balance their budget. Co-sponsored by the AARP Foundation, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and Mass Home Care, the Massachusetts Money Management Program helps seniors and younger persons with disabilities manage their finances and pay their bills.
Work one-on-one with an older or disabled individual to help him/her manage financial matters.
Make your voice heard at the State House, and in Washington, DC. Help advance our work on legislation and policy that directly impacts AARP members and their families. Each year, AARP Massachusetts selects legislative priorities that are consistent with the policies adopted by AARP’s national Board of Directors. At the State House, AARP is a strong advocate for our members and their families on key issues, including health care, long-term care, and retirement security.
Contact your state and federal representatives about key legislation impacting Bay State residents, either in person, by phone, or by email as an AARP e-advocate.
Coordinate AARP advocacy activities in your community or congressional district.
Educate voters on where candidates running for state and federal office stand on issues important to people age 50 and older.
To find out more about the many volunteer opportunities available with AARP Massachusetts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-448-3621.