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AARP Looking for Volunteer Advocates and Educators

With the 2011 legislative session poised to begin Jan. 19, AARP is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help advocate for issues important to older adults and their families and participate in community outreach and education. This is a chance to learn new skills or use those you already have. Training will be provided.

Volunteers involved in legislative advocacy with AARP Hawaii fulfill a range of functions – from attending hearings, contacting legislators, participating in or coordinating rallies and public events, to writing letters and making phone calls. Participation can be as little as two hours a month to 30 hours a month depending on your level of involvement.

Volunteers involved in education and outreach speak to groups, coordinate and staff educational events, and arrange AARP tables at events where information is distributed.

Basic Orientation to AARP along with Advocacy training will be provided. The first state legislative advocacy training is scheduled for Jan. 11-12 and will include visits to legislative offices on Jan. 12. Space is limited.

Call AARP Hawaii Associate State Director Jackie Boland at 545-6003 to find out how you can volunteer and receive training.

Wondering what you’d be working on?

AARP works on a range of issues, including fighting to preserve and strengthen Social Security, creating safe and healthy communities, and ensuring access to quality health and long-term care. For example, we’re fighting to secure support for vital program like Kupuna Care that help family caregivers and keep our elderly residents at home for as long as possible.

So why volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to get your voice heard on important issues and to make an impact as part of AARP’s advocacy efforts. Plus, you’ll meet some interesting people along the way.

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