I believe the heart of AARP’s work rests within each state office and our ability to be a valued part of local communities. More than ever, AARP and its team of volunteer partners are visible across each state with activities and resources—for the new Social Security effort Take a Stand, the Fraud Watch Network, bringing people together through Age-Friendly Communities and even having fun with special Movies for Grownups screenings.
To help get this work done, late last year AARP established a new configuration of states into six regions designed not just by location but also by size. The arrangement groups together the largest states with the highest number of current and prospective members, which have much in common with one another. The new configuration also leverages regional connections for other states. The six regions are now known as Mega, Large, East, South, Central and West and are led by regional vice presidents and their volunteer partners, the regional volunteer directors.
I’m pleased to let you know that our next Volunteer Alumni conference call, at 4 p.m. ET Feb. 23, will feature Morie Smile, who is leading the new Office of Community Engagement. The topic, “going local,” is of particular interest to our alumni, and I hope you will join by dialing 866-215-3402, toll-free, and when prompted entering code 4342385#. Please take a moment to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Feb. 23 Alumni Leader Call.
As former AARP volunteer leaders, you know that most of this work is coordinated out of the public eye, but I wanted you to have a sense of the heart and tremendous energy that fuel AARP’s state and community work. It’s going to be a great 2016!
Phil Zarlengo is an AARP Volunteer Transitions alumni coordinator and former AARP Board chair