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Find Your Niche as an AARP Volunteer

“I don’t do it for the glory. I do it because I like giving back to the community and helping folks.” – Theresa Hutcherson of Maumelle, Arkansas, explaining why she volunteers for AARP.

If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved in your community, now is the perfect time. AARP has a variety of ways you can join the action. You may want to participate without leaving your computer, but we won't hold you back if you prefer a more hands-on role. What follows is a list of five Ideas for finding a role that fits you best:

  • Health Care Reform won't happen by itself. AARP knows that volunteers make positive change possible. If you have an interest in improving health care access and affordability, if you want to stay informed about AARP’s health care priorities, and if you want to add your voice to your fellow champions for change, then send an email to Herb Sanderson at
  • Maybe it’s important for you to get out of the house—to combine your ‘virtual’ volunteerism with some ‘live action’. You want to meet with others to learn about AARP initiatives, to make phone calls to elected officials, or write letters to the editor of the local paper. Email and type “5 for 75” in the subject line. Our goal is to sign up five volunteers for each of the 75 counties in Arkansas.
  • Take your campaign one step further by joining with other AARP volunteers to visit with members of Arkansas’ Congressional delegation to explain and win support for AARP’s priorities. Just during Congress’ July 4th recess, volunteers met with Senator Blanche Lincoln in Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Caraway. Send an email to and type “congressional bird-dog” in the subject line. We’ll get you started.
  • AARP works on the state and local level, too. In the last session of the Arkansas legislature, we helped to pass four bills to improve access to home care, increase the number of affordable homes, limit access to personal credit reports, ,and outlaw the big bite that some tax return preparers take out of refund checks. AARP worked to keep safe our loved ones with dementia and cognitive impairments from wandering the streets through implementation of the Silver Alert . You can add your voice to ours for local and state change by sending an email to Type “State District Advocate” in the subject line.
  • Our hands-on volunteers are organized into eight volunteer-run areas or regions in Arkansas. AARP volunteer leaders in each of those areas perform the vital role of helping volunteers stay informed, stay involved, and stay effective. You may desire to organize communications efforts, reach out to and team up with other groups in the community, or coordinate the activities of our “5 for 75” or “State District Advocates” volunteers. Send an email to and type “Area Leader” in the subject line.

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