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Volunteer Opportunities Within New York

AARP members have always been our greatest resource. We need your enthusiasm and experience to help us achieve the goals that our members care about most: health and financial security, dependent living, better options for long-term care, and more.

You don't have to be retired to be an AARP volunteer. About half of our volunteers are working either full or part time. You decide how many hours you can contribute and what types of projects you want to tackle.

By learning about your interest and talents along with your own preferences, we will find the perfect match for AARP and you. Volunteering your time and talents can help make a difference across our state and across our country in the following program areas:


AARP is a strong advocate for addressing legislative issues most important to people age 50+. Whether it's improving the quality of long-term care services, ensuring the long-term solvency of Social Security, or helping to make prescription drugs more affordable, AARP volunteers serve as a powerful voice for millions of Americans.

AARP advocacy volunteers work to educate and involve individuals on issues of concern to older Americans and their families by engaging in a host of voter education and advocacy activities. Many advocacy volunteers travel throughout their legislative districts and to Albany, where they meet with representatives to advocate on behalf of issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers who are 50+. Other volunteers assist by making phone calls, speaking to community groups, writing letters-to-the-editor, and staffing informational exhibits.

Divided We Fail

AARP launched Divided We Fail to amplify the voices of millions of Americans who believe that health care and lifetime financial security are the most pressing domestic issues facing our nation. The AARP New York Divided We Fail volunteer works to help mobilize and engage AARP members and the public to make the issues of health and financial security front and center for every elected official.

Community Service Programs

AARP Foundation Driver Safety Program: Offers classroom driver improvement course specifically designed for motorists aged fifty and older. Call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669)

AARP Foundation WorkSearch: Provides interest and ability inventories, skill assessments, information about the community job market, and connections to local training and employment opportunities at no cost to clients.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (February 1–April 15): Offers free tax counseling services to low- and middle-income taxpayers through IRS-trained AARP volunteers. Tax-Aide offers tax preparation assistance to nearly 1.9 million low- and middle-income people, with special attention to those sixty and older. Learn about volunteer opportunities in your area; ask or questions on line, or, or during the February 1–April 15 tax season, find a site near you. Call 1-888-AARPNOW

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Trains volunteers to serve as advocates for residents in NY nursing homes and adult care homes.

AARP Foundation Money Management: Provides bill paying assistance to older adults who are unable to perform certain activities. Volunteers help to organize bills, develop household budgets and prepare checks for the client's signature.


AARP Ambassadors: volunteers who engage the public at community events and fairs. Ambassadors provide information on AARP programs and priorities, and distribute educational materials.

AARP Speakers Bureau: AARP volunteers who are available to speak to community groups about AARP and Divided We Fail.

Background and Training

If you want to learn more about issues affecting older New Yorkers, be involved in igniting positive change in your community and across the state, and join a community of colleagues who are working to make a difference, become an AARP volunteer.

For more information or to get involved today call toll-free 1-866-227-7442 or email

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