At AARP Foundation, a crucial measure of our success is the stories we get to share about the people we serve. They’re stories of resilience and tenacity. Of commitment and community. Most of all, they’re stories of transformation.
Here you’ll find stories about how our programs have helped people find hope, and about the volunteers who give so much of themselves to help others. If your life has been transformed by your involvement with one of AARP Foundation’s programs, we want to hear your story, too.
Read why AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer Sharon Justis loves tutoring young students.
Learn how construction worker Shawn Jones fought against a hefty penalty for not participating in a company wellness program.
Learn how Alethia Brown bounced back after losing everything.
Learn how a retired nurse applies her passion for learning to her volunteering as an AARP Foundation Experience Corps tutor.
Learn how Maureen Morrow, a determined legal aid lawyer, helped Louisianans recover from Hurricane Ida.
Vietress Bacon ended up in a nursing facility and couldn’t get out — until AARP Foundation helped.
Read about how grantee SBP used disaster-relief support from AARP Foundation to repair and rebuild the homes of older adults in Louisiana.
Read Linda Fong’s essay on how tutoring with Experience Corps lets her create a meaningful connection with future generations.
Learn how Marielena Bencomo found her dream job with help from BACK TO WORK 50+.
Read how Lillian Shupe’s new job also fulfills her passion for nature, thanks to what she learned through the BACK TO WORK 50+ program.
Loretta Boyd (left) with her mother and children
Read how Loretta Boyd overcame countless obstacles to find success, with help from AARP Foundation SCSEP.
Find out why his neighbors are happy to see Property Tax-Aide volunteer John Bolton when spring rolls around.
Learn about Janelle Riedl and her team of Tax-Aide volunteers, whose commitment to their community goes beyond taxes.
Find out how Andrew Ziccardi set his business up for success with help from Work for Yourself@50+.
Read how Cynthia Fernandez was able to find a new job in the middle of a pandemic.
Read about Willie Jean, who finds teaching young kids to become great readers a moving experience.
Learn how Alan puts his puzzle-solving skills to good use as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer.
Read how a difficult decision — to leave her job so she could care for her ailing mother — led Jacquie to BACK TO WORK 50+. Now she has a job she loves.
Read how volunteering with Tax-Aide lets Denise serve a community she says is bounded by trust, need, and caring.
Read about how a retired firefighter continues to serve his community by helping young students become better readers.
Read how BACK TO WORK 50+ helped Gabe build the skills he needed to move forward after age discrimination hampered his job search.
Learn how Lisa got her job groove back after she was laid off by her employer of more than 40 years.
Read how Wanda's new job hunt was radically different from the one she remembered.
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