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Making a Difference in the Bay State

AARP Massachusetts is seeking nominations for the 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer honor, this annual program recognizes one outstanding volunteer in a state who is sharing his or her experience, talent and skills to make a powerful difference in the community.

“AARP has long valued the important contributions our members and volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve,” says AARP Massachusetts State President Linda Fitzgerald. “The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service honors those who better their communities through unique and valuable service.”

Last year, AARP recognized 45 individuals from around the country, including David Aronstein of Jamaica Plain.

Eligibility Requirements

AARP Massachusetts considers a range of criteria when selecting an award recipient, including:

  • how their volunteer work positively enhances the lives of individuals age 50+,
  • how their work improves the community, and
  • how they inspire others to volunteer.

Award eligibility rules include:

  • The accomplishments, achievements or service on which the nomination is based must focus on the issues of health, livable communities, and/or economic security.
  • The nomination is based on service performed in 2009, though it need not be exclusive to 2009.
  • Nominees must be AARP members or AARP volunteers currently or in 2009.
  • Nominees must have completed the service without pay.
  • Couples or partners are eligible, however teams are not eligible.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2010

Applications must be received by AARP Massachusetts no later than June 1, 2010; the award recipient will be announced in the fall. Nominate someone today—just fill out our online form.

Learn More

For more information about the 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, please contact AARP Massachusetts at 1-866-448-3621 or by email at

About the Award

AARP’s commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to the life and vision of our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. From the beginning, her motto, “to serve, not to be served” has shaped our community service efforts at the national, state, and local levels. Each year, AARP honors the legacy of Dr. Andrus with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, our most prestigious and visible volunteer awards. The 2010 Andrus Award for Community Service will recognize unique individuals who have demonstrated the power to make it better in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and that inspire others to volunteer.

Create the Good

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? AARP’s Create the Good can connect you to projects in your neighborhood, or help you start a project of your own.

Other Resources

AARP Andrus Award Nomination Form

Jamaica Plain Resident Honored for Service

Create the Good

AARP Massachusetts Community Page

AARP MA Facebook Page

AARP MA on Twitter

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