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Meet the 2010 Andrus Award Winner in Kansas

The winner of this year’s Andrus Award for Community Service in Kansas is Jim Courtney of Overland Park.

The award, named after AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus is the most prestigious volunteer award given by AARP. Each year, AARP presents the Ethel Percy Andrus Award for Community Service to an individual or individuals who, through volunteer service, significantly enhance the lives of those in their community. This award symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Courtney has made a significant difference in the lives of others through a variety of volunteer activities in his community. In addition to being a member (and past president and board member) of Johnson County AARP Chapter #2333, Jim is best known as a strong and effective advocate for senior mobility issues. He has worked with local non-profit agencies to establish transportation options for seniors in Johnson County.

Courtney serves as Chair of the Special Transportation Job Access Committee and member of the Transit Committee for the Greater Kansas City area. He leads mobility efforts for the KC 4 Aging in Community project, which focuses on six key aging concerns – housing, mobility, caregiving, health and technology, civic engagement and employment. Courtney also works with the K-State Extension Service, teaching family members about capturing critical information for estate and planning decisions.

In addition, Courtney is involved with EngAGEment, an effort to expand the efforts of philanthropy in aging with a focus on raising awareness of aging as an area of need and providing information on how philanthropy can help fill that need.

Courtney was presented the award by AARP Kansas Volunteer State President David Wilson during the monthly meeting of the Johnson County AARP Chapter 2333.

“This award acts as a symbol to members and the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” said Wilson. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve. Jim Courtney certainly embodies that spirit.”

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