For 11 years, AARP staff and volunteers across the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11th by volunteering in our communities.
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Each year, the 53 AARP state offices along with the national office in Washington D.C. close their doors for an entire day so that employees and AARP volunteers can donate their time to local programs and services. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share an enriching experience, meet new friends and help others all at the same time.
AARP’s commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to the life and vision of our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Her motto, “To serve, not to be served,” still guides us today and has shaped AARP’s community service efforts at the national, state and local levels.
This year, AARP Maine staff and volunteers partnered with The United Way for their annual Day of Caring on Sept. 7. We began our day at a wonderful breakfast with more than 250 other volunteers before embarking upon our assignment to work with the local YMCA at Camp Connor in Poland, Maine. This is a beautiful summer day camp for children nestled in the woods on Lower Range Pond.
During the summer months, the camp is teeming with kids enjoying the water activities, the new zip line and indoor events.
Our job? To clean up the camp after a busy summer, paint the changing rooms, clean all the bathrooms and indoor rooms and make the camp ready for another busy summer in 2013. We got to work quickly, and by the end of the afternoon, the campsite was sparkling.
We were all excited to work together on this wonderful project and to team up with our United Way friends for such a worthwhile endeavor.
Watch State Director Lori Parham’s live broadcast from the campsite.