AARP is making a difference—whether it's fighting to reform America's health system or protecting vital services for vulnerable Kentuckians. But we can't do it without you. AARP Kentucky is always on the look out for new volunteer advocates taking a bigger role in the organization and helping making Kentucky and the country a better place.
Volunteer advocates play a huge part in AARP's mission to better the lives of all 50+ citizens. You can easily be a part of that mission by becoming a volunteer.
Whether it's organizing local groups to participate in advocacy events around the state; speaking to other organizations or about issues in Frankfort; building relationships with state and federal legislators and letting them know what AARP thinks about certain issues; or being an activist who receives email updates about recent state events and issues that may be of interest; AARP needs you.
Working with state office staff, volunteer advocates meet or communicate on a regular basis with fellow volunteers in their community to learn about the issues or plan upcoming events. Most volunteers report that beyond the regular meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) and in-depth trainings, the time commitment is sporadic—there can be lots of work in a week preparing for a rally or a presentation, but also weeks where there is much less work. The volunteer structure is intended to allow people to get as involved as they can while recognizing that volunteers have a life beyond AARP.
"Volunteering for AARP's advocacy work is really a win-win situation," says Cathy Allgood Murphy, AARP Kentucky's Associate State Director for Advocacy. "It's a great way to stay informed on the issues that affect us all and to develop expertise that very few people have. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting and diverse people from your community and across the state and build some lasting friendships. Most importantly, you are using your power as an individual to make life better for generations to come."
Nelda Barnett of Owensboro has been an active AARP volunteer for many years and is now AARP Kentucky's state president. Barnett was first drawn to AARP after decades of professional work in the aging field and knew AARP was working to improve the quality of life as we all age.
"The issues relating to older citizens are important and AARP is a strong advocate that makes a difference in Kentucky,” Barnett said. "What AARP does is important and lots of 'good' things are promoted by AARP and Kentucky volunteers, on a local, state and national level."
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