Do you know someone who is making a significant difference in your community?
Think about people you’ve worked with on volunteer projects, folks you’ve heard about from friends, those you’ve read about in your local newspaper. What about you? Are you doing great things for your neighborhood, your city or your state?
See also: AARP Opens Nominations for Highest State Volunteer Honors
Please let us know. We are seeking nominations for the 2012 AARP Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service.
The award honors AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work 54 years after she founded this association to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose.
The awards recognizes unique older individuals who are doing amazing things to help their communities and are serving as an inspiration to others.
Some potential nominees are the hundreds of AARP volunteers who help folks with their taxes, teach safe driving skills, fight hunger and advocate on behalf of 50+ Tennesseans. Others are individuals who saw a need in the community and committed themselves to filling it.
That's why we are pleased nominations are open for any Tennessee volunteer who is age 50 or older – not just AARP members.
And there's more than prestige and a nice trophy on the line. There's a purse totaling $5,000 for the top three nominees to designate to their charities of choice!
"The best part about winning the Andrus Award – which in itself was a great surprise and honor – was the donation that was made to Juniors House Child Advocacy Center," 2011 winner Mary Ann Meyer-Schuck says. "It was very generous of AARP to help a very deserving charity."
Mary Ann's work with Junior's House, which helps abused children, was an inspiration to us and we were honored to provide $1,500 to help continue their work. Runner up Bonnie Brown received $1,000 for the Literacy Council of Williamson County and Debbie Pare's $750 went to the Wilson County Senior Citizens Awareness Network (SCAN).
This year, we hope to help Tennessee charities even more.
AARP Tennessee will give $2,500 to an eligible non-profit organization chosen by the state Andrus winner, while the top two runners-up will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, for their charities of choice.
So take a moment to think of people who are doing great work - but may not be getting the recognition they deserve. Isn't it time to change that?
Nomination forms are available from Stacy Pennington in the AARP Tennessee office at 615-726-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or apply online.
Nominations will be accepted through June 1.
Thanks so much for all that you do.
Margot Seay is AARP Tennessee’s highest-ranking volunteer and a true inspiration who embodies the giving spirit of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus.