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AARP Iowa Honors James Helvick and IPTV

Recognizing the outstanding contributions that individual Iowans and community partners make in meeting the needs of Iowans, AARP has recognized long-time volunteer Jim Helvick of Badger and statewide Iowa Public Television (IPTV) for their service.

Helvick received Iowa’s 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service, and IPTV received the 2010 AARP Partner in Service Award at a celebration of volunteerism and service in Des Moines in December.

Helvick, who is currently Regional Coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and is also a Tax-Aide Counselor and AARP Driver Safety Program Instructor, received the statewide honor based on his more than a dozen years of service and community involvement.

“This award acts as a symbol to members and the public that one person can make a significant difference for positive social change,” said Tony Vola, Iowa AARP State President. “Jim Helvick embodies the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve. The Andrus Award is tangible recognition for his outstanding work.”

As Tax-Aide Regional Coordinator, Helvick oversees operations for the free, volunteer-led tax preparation service in Iowa and in seven states, teaching local tax aide volunteers in tax law and TaxWise software. In addition, he prepares tax returns in his own community. In 2009 alone he prepared over 750 tax returns during the months of February, March and April. In addition, Helvick volunteers as an instructor and trainer in the AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP), helping Iowans maintain their independence on the road and keeping the community safe. He holds DSP courses two to three times a year teaching Iowans how to drive safely and confidently in their community.

Since 2002, AARP has worked with Iowa Public Television (ITPV) to produce and broadcast voter education programs focused on policy issues that affect the lives of AARP members and all Iowans. AARP Iowa selected IPTV for its annual AARP Iowa Partner in Service Award in recognition of IPTV’s efforts to bring a focus on aging issues and educate and inform Iowans with programming that is relevant, timely and of the highest quality.

The AARP Andrus Award is presented annually in every state to acknowledge the volunteer work members perform that enhances the lives of citizens, improves their communities, and inspires others to volunteer. AARP state offices are currently seeking nominations for the 2011 AARP State Andrus Awards for Community Service.

Nominations may be completed and submitted online. Or, you can also request a nomination form by sending an e-mail to The nomination deadline is June 1, 2011. Eligibility guidelines are also available.

View photos from the awards event online.

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