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Recognize an Outstanding Local Volunteer

Do you know someone amazing – someone who gives back to their community, and makes a difference where you live? We want to hear from you. AARP Massachusetts is seeking nominations for the 2012 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer honor, this annual program recognizes outstanding volunteers who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to make a powerful difference in their communities.

“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 51 individuals from around the country, including Dr. Daniel Clapp of Amherst. Dr. Clapp has helped residents of all ages, by volunteering his time and medical expertise to run free clinics in Amherst, Leverett and Northampton – and on the sidelines at UMass football game as an on-site volunteer physician.

Nancy Pagano, director of the Amherst Senior Center, was one of several community members who nominated Dr. Clapp for the 2011 Andrus award. “Always willing to lend a helping hand, Dan is the epitome of an active, committed, dedicated, caring member of our senior community,” she noted. “Not only does he serve on the COA, Friends of the Amherst Senior Center, and Senior Health Advisory Group, he also helps individual seniors by delivering means to shut-ins and checking on their wellbeing, by driving elders to doctor appointments, and by providing ear irrigations at no cost.”

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
  • How they inspire others to volunteer

Award eligibility rules include:

  • Nominee must be at least 50 years old.
  • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP's vision and mission.
  • Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; teams are not eligible, however.

Nomination Tips

1. Be specific and clear about the work the nominee has done.
2. Give examples of the work performed: when, where and who was served.
3. Ask other people to nominate the same person.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2012

Applications must be received by AARP Massachusetts no later than June 1, 2012; 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 2012 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 2012 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.

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