As the nation and our communities gradually come back to life 18 months after the COVID-19 pandemic changed us forever, I want to take this opportunity to salute AARP volunteers. Our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, saw AARP members as an army of useful citizens who could use their talents and lifetimes of experience to make life better for all people.
Never has her vision been more fully realized than during the pandemic.
We could not have gotten through this challenging time without them. They have been innovative, resilient and adaptable. Through their compassionate and caring service, they’ve made a real, positive difference in communities across the country.
Thanks to our volunteers, AARP continued to fight effectively for Americans age 50-plus and their families.
AARP volunteers have:
- Joined our staff colleagues to advocate for nursing home safety, financial and health security, and more.
- Sent handwritten cards to veterans and nursing home residents and made over 24,000 calls to those who may have been lonely or isolated through our new Friendly Voice program.
- Shared critical information on how to find the COVID-19 vaccines in their areas.
- Boosted spirits by getting involved in a growing roster of fun activities — from fitness classes and cooking lessons to movies and trivia nights.
AARP volunteers put to rest the myth that older people can’t adapt to new technology. They’ve played a key role in countless virtual events and added their voices virtually to the debate over critical national issues.