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AARP Andrus Award for Community Service

Nominate an exceptional volunteer for AARP’s top state-level honor

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AARP state offices are seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association's most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals age 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others.  

Nominate an exceptional 50+ volunteer who meets the below eligibility guidelines

Find your state’s deadline and participation status on the nomination form.  No deadline is earlier than July 15. A few states are not participating.

Nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must be 50 or older
  • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay. Volunteers receiving small stipends to cover costs associated with the volunteer activity are eligible.
  • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nominations are based must reflect AARP's vision and purpose (see below)
  • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nominations are based must be replicable and inspire others to serve
  • Partisan political achievements, accomplishments or service may not be considered
  • Elected or appointed officials currently serving in office are not eligible
  • Candidates currently campaigning for an elected office are not eligible
  • Married couples or domestic partners who perform service together are eligible; however, teams are not
  • The recipient does not need to be an AARP volunteer or an AARP member
  • The recipient must live in the awarding state
  • Previous Andrus Award recipients are not eligible
  • Volunteers serving on the Andrus Award selection committee are not eligible 
  • AARP staff members are not eligible
  • This is not a posthumous award

Nominations for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service may be submitted by AARP members, volunteers, and chapter or unit members. Nominations also may be submitted by external organizations or groups and by members of the public at large. AARP staff and selection committee members may not submit nominations.

Selection of AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recipients will be based on answers submitted to the following questions:

  1. Please describe the volunteer work that inspired you to nominate this individual for the award.
  2. How has the nominee's work supported AARP's vision and purpose?
  3. How has the work of the nominee improved the community or enhanced the lives of its residents for which/whom the word was performed?
  4. What is inspiring, courageous, unusual or innovative about the nominee's achievement?
  5. How has the nominee's work impacted other volunteers or inspired others to volunteer?

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