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Long-Time Phoenix AARP Volunteers Honored with 2010 Andrus Award

AARP Arizona this year is honoring two long-time volunteers with its annual AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious and visible award for community service.

Virginia Brant and Sigrid Whitman, both of Phoenix, have been selected by AARP Arizona to receive the 2010 AARP Arizona Andrus Award which symbolizes the belief that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Virginia and Sigrid have a storied past of volunteering together that has encompassed years of work to help improve the lives of others by way of community service and advocacy on behalf of seniors, education and school retirees,” said AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell.  “We are excited to be able to present them with this distinguished award to honor their many years of service in their community.”

Brant and Whitman are both Arizona school system retirees, members of the All Arizona School Retirees Association (AASRA), members of the Westside Unit of AASRA, AARP members and AARP Arizona volunteers serving on the Arizona AARP Advocacy Network Steering Committee.  Their affiliations with these groups and organizations over the years has found them leading activities, events, campaigns and programs in which they worked to make a difference in other peoples’ lives.

They have been long-time volunteers with AARP Arizona where they took on leadership roles for AARP national campaigns like Health Action Now (HAN) and Divided We Fail (DWF).  Their involvement with AARP has included volunteering on state advocacy issues that consisted of working to improve funding for home and community based services, working to establish a grandparents raising grandchildren program in Arizona and the defeat of predatory payday-lending legislation.  

"I feel honored to be selected to share this highly prestigious Andrus Award with my friend Virginia,” said Sigrid Whitman.

“I am also humbled and honored to be named with Sigrid, it means so much to both of us and we would like to thank AARP Arizona for this recognition,” added Virginia Brant.

Each year, AARP honors an Andrus recipient in every state.  Individuals, volunteer partners or couples are chosen from across the country for their ability to improve the communities in which they serve, inspire others to volunteer and enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members.

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