Joyce Finkelstein of Green Valley has been selected by AARP to receive Arizona’s 2011 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service. The award symbolizes an individual’s power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
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“AARP Arizona selected Joyce because of her remarkable volunteerism and for the impact her work has had on the lives of others in her community,” said David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director. “She has been active in helping seniors in a number of areas including transit and transportation, physical fitness and helping collect books and clothes for needy students.”
Finkelstein currently serves on the Board of Green Valley Recreation as Treasurer. She is also the Secretary of the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation and is a member of the Foundation’s Allocations and Campaign Committees.
Over the years, Finkelstein has been an active member of the Volunteer Clearinghouse which matches individuals with volunteer opportunities and the Mature Worker Connection in Green Valley which helps match job seekers with potential employers. While serving as Executive Director of the Green Valley Community Coordinating Council, she helped to launch “Walk Across Arizona,” an initiative that encourages individuals to form walking teams for exercise and social contact. She was also instrumental in innovating the Green Valley Community Directory that is delivered to area homes by volunteers.
Working with Pima County officials, Finkelstein helped develop transit routes and worked on zoning and planning issues for Green Valley. As President of the Rotary Club of Green Valley she started several programs including “Coats for Kids” that provided coats for more than 250 needy students and “Food for Thought,” a book donation program for the local community food bank.
Finkelstein is the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Green Valley. She continues to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, having served as Chair of the Council in 2009. Recently, she was asked to serve on the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Task Force on Services for Jewish Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.
“I am so honored to receive the AARP Arizona Andrus Award and am very grateful to be given the opportunity to make a difference and to serve others. I am only one of many who give their time to help their neighbors and to make this community a better place to live. We do our best to take care of one another. Green Valley is a wonderful community of volunteers,” said Finkelstein.
The AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes individuals who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and older. The award will be formally presented to Finkelstein at an AARP hosted event in Green Valley in October.
Award recipients from across the country were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in, or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.
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