NRTA and AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus is known for saying that it is important “to serve, not to be served.” That spirit remains a core value for NRTA. Retired educators are known for their high level of community service, whether it’s volunteering at a food bank, reading to children in classrooms or filling backpacks with food for children facing food insecurity on the weekends and summer months.
On the national level, NRTA supports the community service efforts of our national office. We also work closely with state REAs on their service initiatives.
The NRTA With Our Youth! Program provides opportunities for retired educators and youth to work together to address the needs of youth and the broader community. NRTA made a three-year pledge in 1997 at the President’s Summit for America’s Future to serve 1.5 million youth in 2,000 communities with a total of 45 million service hours through the REAs. That goal was exceeded! We invite you to read about the recipients of NRTA’s 16th annual With Our Youth! awards.