If you are like me, you want to stay informed about key developments within AARP. With that in mind, I hope that you are tapping into the Volunteer Portal and its rich set of resources. Right now, on the front page of the portal, you will find a link to the May 28 tele-town hall conversation with a key executive about AARP’s advocacy strategies. I hope you’ve tuned into these calls the last Thursday of each month via phone (877-229-8523, code: 39690), as they serve to pull back the curtain on many key AARP initiatives. Recent volunteer tele-town halls have explored the status of AARP’s Real Possibilities effort and “You don’t know AARP!” advertisements as well as the popular Fraud Watch Network.
I also want you to know that AARP is making a multimillion-dollar investment in the technology used to recruit, on-board, train, support and recognize our volunteers. This investment reflects the top-down support we have within AARP’s leadership for our volunteer programs. The tool, which is being built on a software platform called Salesforce and will be branded as the New Volunteer Portal, launches in October. Extensive work is under way to build training and communications plans to reach the nearly 60,000 volunteers across AARP. Read the article “Our Vision: Connecting and Supporting AARP’s Volunteers!” in this AARP Volunteer Update to learn more.
If you haven’t already, you should be receiving a volunteer leadership alumni group survey by email soon. I hope to learn from you about the kinds of activities within or outside AARP in which you are engaged. And I also look forward to hearing about the types of alumni virtual gatherings that we could convene so that your insights and expertise can continue to be an asset for AARP.
If you have any questions or need technical support, please reach out to the Office of Volunteerism and Service’s Help Line — by phone at 866-740-7719 or via email.