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Maumelle Chapter Named Outstanding Volunteer Group

There are many reasons why a group like AARP Maumelle (Chapter 5359) might deserve recognition. The Arkansas Gerontological Society (AGS) found 8,000 reasons. That’s the number of volunteer service hours the group performed in 2009 and it’s why AGS named the AARP Chapter Outstanding Volunteer Group of the Year at a recent awards ceremony.

AGS honors those groups that are “actively involved in providing volunteer services to individuals who are 65 or older.” The organization’s mission is to improve the options, choices and opportunities of mature Arkansans.

The Maumelle chapter was recognized by AGS for their tremendous work and dedication to seniors in their community. Logging 8,000 volunteer service hours helped the group stand out among the many nominees.

The Outstanding Volunteer Group award was given to the Maumelle chapter at the 30th Annual Arkansas Aging Conference.  Chapter President Beverly Alberson and in-coming president Theresa Hutcherson received the award on behalf of the chapter.

Projects the Maumelle Chapter completed in 2010 include:

  • Hosting an appreciation dinner for the police and fire department.
  • Presenting framed pictures of police and firemen for their new buildings.
  • Volunteering in community schools.
  • Providing a story book to take home for all 100 kindergarten students in the Pine Forest Elementary School.
  • Supporting the Hope Alliance Food Pantry by providing canned food items donated at every chapter meeting as well as two $250 checks for Thanksgiving and Christmas expenses.
  • Collecting “Cents for Kids” to buy backpacks and art supplies.
  • Contributing $1,200 back to the community during the first six months of 2010 alone.
  • Donating volunteer hours to Meals on Wheels and the local senior center.
  • Participating in a “Shred It” event that helped seniors protect themselves from identify theft. The Chapter gave all proceeds from the event to support the seniors’ center.
  • Buying items such as card tables for the seniors’ center and a large screen TV for the community center.
  • Donating to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief.
  • Contributing household items each month to be used as Bingo Prizes at the local low-income, high-rise residential house for seniors.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment for the Maumelle Chapter,” said AARP Arkansas State Director Maria Reynolds-Diaz. “Like many of our chapters, they are dedicated to ‘service’ and their members spend many hours doing what they can to make life better in their community.”

AARP Maumelle Chapter 5359 formed over seven years ago and has 92 active members.

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