AARP Maine Seeks Nominees for Annual Andrus Award in 2024

Posted on 05/16/24

AARP MAINE SEEKS NOMINEES FOR ANNUAL ANDRUS AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE: Nominees must be 50 or older, but do not need to be a member of AARP or volunteer for AARP. Please see below for the complete list of requirements.

Nomination deadline is July 15, 2024.

AARP Maine seeks nominations for its 2023 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service which honors those individuals who share their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of others in their community.  The annual award is named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP in 1958 at the age of 73.

“AARP Maine is excited to shine a light on Mainers 50+ who are using what they’ve learned to make a difference in the lives of those around them,” says Noël Bonam, AARP Maine State Director. "AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities and neighbors."

The screening of nominees will be performed by a panel of AARP staff and volunteers.  This screening includes the review of a range of criteria including each nominee’s positive impact on their community and the lives of individuals age 50 and over. 

André Chassé, current AARP Maine Volunteer State President, says: “The AARP Maine Andrus Award acts as a symbol to our members and to the public that we can all work together for positive social change.”

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Nomination deadline is July 15, 2024.

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

  • Nominees must be 50 or older, but do not need to be a member of AARP or volunteer for AARP.
  • 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 (“A society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams”) and AARP's purpose (“AARP empowers people to choose how they live as they age”).
  • 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.

Last year's winner was Phil Chin, a retired journalist from Falmouth.

Nomination deadline is July 15, 2024.

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