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It’s Your Chance!

AARP Massachusetts Seeks Congressional District Volunteers

President Obama has identified health care reform as a top priority for the nation in 2009.  At recent White House forums on fiscal responsibility and health care, the president called on everyone – elected officials, business, unions and consumers – to work together and get the job done.  AARP agrees.  As part of its nonpartisan Divided We Fail initiative, AARP has raised the voices of millions of Americans who are tired of political gridlock and want solutions to achieve affordable, quality health care and lifetime financial security for all.  Now is the time for action.  Various volunteer opportunities are available at the local level across Massachusetts.

“Especially in this tough economy it is critical that we come together as a nation and solve the health care crisis by working in communities, at the State House, with Congress and at the White House,” says Deborah Banda, AARP Massachusetts state director. “We know many AARP members and their families are struggling to make ends meet, whether due to job loss, dwindling retirement savings, or the skyrocketing cost of health care.  Now is the time to make our voices heard and work for change.”

It’s Your Chance to Make a Difference

Right now, AARP Massachusetts is recruiting volunteers in each of the state’s ten congressional districts to help advance health care reform at the national level – and to work on other important federal and state issues including the Auto 401(k) bill, mortgage protection for homeowners, prescription drug affordability, and long-term care.  Available positions include district coordinators who will lead AARP’s efforts at the local level and team members who will help. 

AARP congressional district volunteers will:

• Help build relationships with state and federal legislators at the local level.
• Share the views, concerns and experiences of AARP members from the district with legislators.
• Understand and communicate AARP’s position during the national health care reform debate, on federal legislation that addresses financial security, and on state legislation focusing on health care, prescription drugs and long-term care.
 
Candidates for these volunteer opportunities should have a strong interest in the issues of health care and financial security, and a desire to help achieve health care reform at the national level.  Good communication skills are imperative, as is the ability to interact with public officials.  The time commitment varies, from a few hours a week for coordinators to a few hours a month for team members, and training as well as ongoing support is provided.

Find Out More

To read the volunteer job description for AARP Massachusetts Congressional District Coordinator, click here.

To read the volunteer job description for AARP Massachusetts Congressional District Team Member, click here.

For further information, email ma@aarp.orgor call toll free 1-866-448-3621.

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