AARP Nebraska is honoring Scottsbluff resident Pauline Francisco with the annual AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service.
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Francisco has been selected to receive the 2011 award which symbolizes an individual’s power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. It recognizes individuals who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of people age 50 and older. The award was formally presented to her at a ceremony on Oct. 5 in Scottsbluff.
“Through her tireless community service and advocacy, Pauline has always put the needs of her community and older Nebraskans first,” said Robert Eppler, state president of AARP Nebraska. “AARP is pleased to present her with this distinguished award to honor her many years of service in her community and across our state.”
Since 2000, Francisco has served as chair of the AARP Gering/Scottsbluff Community Action Team. She currently serves on the board of the local Widowed Persons Service and is a past board member of the Regional West Medical Center Home Health Program.
As a volunteer leader, Francisco possesses a unique talent for recruiting volunteers. For more than a decade she has mobilized AARP volunteers to engage in community service and advocacy on behalf of Nebraskans age 50 and older. She spearheaded a local walking program for seniors, built the AARP Driver Safety Program in the community by recruiting volunteer instructors, and partnered with local law enforcement on public safety initiatives such as Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out. Francisco is a lead organizer for AARP’s annual Day of Service, and coordinates an AARP-cosponsored annual community shredding day, which is now in its fifth year.
“This award recognizes that AARP members and the public can all work together for positive social change,” Eppler said. “Pauline exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors and the programs they serve.”
Each year, AARP honors an Andrus Award 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.