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How does AARP help people become safer drivers?

More than 18 million participants have benefited from AARP Smart Driver™ — the nation’s largest driving refresher course designed for drivers age 50 and older. AARP is dedicated to helping to keep older drivers independent, safe and confident while on the road.

What do Driver Safety volunteers do?

AARP Driver Safety volunteers organize and teach educational courses as well as assisting with marketing, data management and technology. Training, tools and support are provided.

 

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.


Data Manager

(Volunteer From Home)

Use your organizational and administrative skills to help AARP keep our Driver Safety records up to date. You will be responsible for inputting and maintaining the state’s electronic volunteer records within AARP’s volunteer database, and creating and exporting dashboard reports to support volunteer leaders.

Requirements:

  • Be comfortable with technology
  • Must complete 4 hours of provided online training
  • Attend monthly virtual meetings with National Office staff

Time/Frequency:

  • Approximately 2 - 4 hours a week
  • Varies according to activities and availability

Instructor Assistant

(Location Pending)

Provide our Driver Safety instructors with much-needed logistical assistance, such as helping with registration, fee collection, completion of certificates and sending reminders to registered participants. You’ll not only be helping the instructors but also helping drivers 50-plus get access to information that can keep them safe on the road.

Requirements:

  • Friendly attitude
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Must complete 3 hours of provided online training

Time/Frequency:

  • Approximately 4 - 8 hours per course
  • Varies according to activities and availability

Marketing & Recruitment Specialist

(Volunteer From Home)

You will help promote our popular Driver Safety Program that helps drivers 50-plus stay independent and be better, safer drivers. Enjoy the opportunity to work closely with other volunteers as well as AARP staff, and use your creativity to conduct engaging marketing initiatives and drive participation at state and local levels.

Requirements:

  • Must complete 4 hours of provided online training
  • If new to Driver Safety, attend a Smart Driver course in person or online

Time/Frequency:

  • Approximately 2 - 4 hours a week
  • Varies according to activities and availability

Smart Driver Instructor

(Location Pending)

You will help 50-plus drivers to be safer, more independent and more confident behind the wheel when you organize, promote and conduct at least three AARP Smart Driver classroom courses a year. The valuable information you share in this popular course can literally save lives and benefit your whole community.

Requirements:

  • Must complete 3.5 hours of online instructor training
  • Attend in-person or virtual training with designated state volunteer
  • Attend one district meeting annually
  • If new to Driver Safety, attend a Smart Driver course in person or online

Time/Frequency:

  • Approx. 10 to 20 hours per course
  • Minimum of 3 courses per year

Technology Adviser

(Volunteer From Home)

If you’re comfortable with technology and like to share your knowledge with others, our Driver Safety Program needs you. Help fellow volunteers successfully use our online Driver Safety system, navigate the AARP Volunteer Portal, and provide troubleshooting and support to ensure the program runs smoothly for participants.

Requirements:

  • Possess strong technology skills (hardware and software)
  • Must attend 4 hours of provided training

Time/Frequency:

  • Approximately 2 - 4 hours a week
  • Varies according to activities and availability

Telephone Coordinator

(Volunteer From Home)

Help people 50-plus reap the benefits of our popular Driver Safety program so they can stay safe on the road. You will connect people inquiring about AARP Driver Safety courses with the appropriate local volunteers for further information, help course participants register online and make reminder calls to those registered.

Requirements:

  • Friendly attitude
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Be comfortable with technology
  • Must have access to email and the internet
  • Must attend 3 hours of provided online training

Time/Frequency:

  • Approximately 2 - 4 hours a week
  • Varies according to activities and availability

We Need to Talk Facilitator

(Location Pending)

Through a free online seminar, you will help families of drivers 50-plus determine how to assess their loved one’s driving skills, and provide tools so that families can plan for the difficult conversation when it’s time for him or her to stop driving. Help families navigate this tough issue and ensure that their loved one stays safe.

Requirements:

  • Experienced in teaching and public speaking
  • Ability to empathize and work with diverse populations
  • Must complete 2 hours of online training

Time/Frequency:

  • Approximately 2 - 5 hours per event
  • Varies according to activities and availability

 Interested in Becoming a Driver Safety Volunteer?

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