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Straight from the Heart

volunteers tell their

Ed Marohn
Counseling vets

Virginia Chavez
Training leaders

T.R. Ellis

Lacy Smith
Help homeless

G. Greenway
Food bank

Gail Aldrich

Arleen Alter
Home building

Sherry Nichols
Hospice care

M. Mathews

Michelle Molloy
Home access

Dave Nelson
Youth mentor

Audrey Hall
Rebuild homes

L. Patricio

C. Scarborough

John Solon
Rebuild homes

D. Hammond

Jeffrey Incorvia
DWI awareness

Terri Somerville
Family services

Rosie Lee
Food collection

Lynnette Hefley
Cancer aid


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Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs give their time and talents to make the world a better place. And while changing the lives of others, they are changing their own lives.

Many of these volunteers have powerful stories to tell — stories of courage, humor, trials, triumphs and, above all, inspiration.

AARP's Create the Good arranged the recording sessions. Each of 20 volunteers was interviewed by a person important to the storyteller or by a volunteer interviewer.

The conversations were recorded by StoryCorps, which has collected more than 30,000 interviews and preserved them at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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