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Vowing to Volunteer in 2012?

If you’re vowing to exercise more, eat less, and get organized in the new year, think about improving your life – and your community – in another way, by adding volunteering to your new year’s resolutions.

In Connecticut, thousands of members are engaged as volunteers with AARP community service programs, and more than 75,000 help advance issues and make their voices heard through e-advocacy. No matter whether you have five minutes, five hours or five days – there are so many opportunities to get involved. You can:

  • Empower women with the information they need to plan for the future. Decide, Create, Share is designed to help women take steps today to prepare for a safe, healthy and secure tomorrow. In Connecticut, volunteers from around the state share information by speaking to groups in their community and passing on resources and information to friends, family and neighbors.
  • Fight hunger. AARP has joined forces with End Hunger CT! and Foodshare, Inc. to help enroll more Connecticut residents in SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. AARP volunteers staff the program’s toll free phone line (1-866-974-7627) to help with enrollment and eligibility questions.
  • Make Connecticut roads safer. Taught and administered by volunteers, AARP Driver Safety has helped millions of drivers improve their skills to remain safe on the road.
  • Help low- and middle-income residents manage tax time stress. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide serves low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. The AARP Foundation administers the program in cooperation with the IRS.
  • Make your voice heard in Hartford, and in Washington, DC. Join other dedicated AARP advocates in your congressional district as part of the Advocacy Legislative Council and work on legislative issues and policy that directly impacts AARP members and their families, including health care, long-term care, and retirement security.

Don’t have a lot of time? You can still make a big difference. As an AARP e-advocate, you can contact your state and federal representatives about key legislative issues by phone or email.

Get ready for Election 2012

Be a part of the AARP Connecticut voter education campaign, and inform voters on where candidates running for state and federal office stand on issues important to people age 50+.

Learn more

To learn more about any of these volunteer opportunities, get in touch with us. Send an email to, or give us a call, 1-866-295-7279.

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