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How does AARP help advocate for older Americans?

Sometimes older Americans need someone to stand up for them, offer protection and guidance, and advocate on their behalf. AARP strives to improve government policies on senior issues, provides pro bono legal services to those in need, and helps fight fraud and identity theft.

What do volunteers do to help underserved and vulnerable adults?

Volunteers, including attorneys, social workers and those with non-legal backgrounds, are all welcome to join AARP’s efforts so that underserved and vulnerable adults are treated with justice and equity.

Volunteer Roles

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have no in-person volunteer opportunities available at this time.  Please  explore these virtual opportunities to make a difference and volunteer safely from home.


E-activist

Program: AARP States

(Volunteer From Home)

You will be part of a powerful network that connects you to political and legislative programs, activities and initiatives in your state. Make your voice heard on important issues that impact our 50-plus population and advocate on its behalf by contacting state and federal officials via phone, email or social media. When you sign up to become an e-activist, you will begin receiving legislative updates and alerts.

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Be comfortable with technology

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteer

Program: Legal Counsel for the Elderly

(Washington, D.C.)

Advocate for persons who reside in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes,and assisted living and community facilities by regularly visiting residents, monitoring conditions and care, and providing a voice for those unable to speak for themselves. You’ll also provide assistance with resident and family councils, community education and events.

Requirements:

  • Must take provided training
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: O. Lorena Ruiz or (202) 434-2190


Pro Bono Legal Volunteer

Program: Legal Counsel for the Elderly

(Washington, D.C.)

Protect low-income, 60-plus residents by providing them with access to pro bono legal services that help ensure they receive public benefits (Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, etc.), prevent eviction or foreclosure, and more. You will help screen cases to ensure they have legal merit and are well developed before referring them to participating licensed attorneys.

Requirements:

  • Must be D.C.-licensed attorney in good standing

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: VLP@ aarp.org or call (202) 434-2120


Schedule H Volunteer

Program: Legal Counsel for the Elderly

(Washington, D.C.)

Make a difference by assisting low-income individuals 60-plus to file the D.C. Schedule H Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit for up to $1,025 for property taxes or rent paid. You will meet with clients, review the Schedule H tax form, help gather the required documentation and assist with submitting the form.

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Must take provided training
  • No legal skills required
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to caseload and volunteers currently in place
  • Need is highest in the spring, but volunteers are accepted year-round

To sign up, please contact: Megan McFeeley or call (202) 434-2043


Self-Help Office Volunteer

Program: Legal Counsel for the Elderly

(Washington, D.C.)

Empower people 60-plus by providing them with self-help resources to protect their rights and well-being. You will assist clients with obtaining legal information, applying for public benefits, drafting consumer complaint letters, connecting with social service agencies, requesting vital records and more.

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Be comfortable with technology
  • No legal skills required
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: Ashley Jones or call (202) 434-2196


Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteer

Program: Legal Counsel for the Elderly

(Washington, D.C.)

Empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuse. You’ll make an impact by performing administrative tasks, distributing helpful resources, staffing events, making group presentations, counseling beneficiaries directly and handling complex issues and referrals.

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Must take provided training
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: Darnetta Adams or (202) 434-2099

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