AARP New Mexico Seeks Nominees for 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 06/12/18 by Beth Velasquez

Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community

The bakers

 AARP New Mexico is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-plus New Mexicans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

“AARP New Mexico is excited to shine a light on individuals who are using their talents and experience to make a difference in their communities,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director.

Nominations will be evaluated based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced in late fall.

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

  • Nominee must be 50 years or older.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.
  • Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not
  • This is not a posthumous award.

Please contact Beth Velasquez, AARP New Mexico Associate State Director for Communications, for further information and a nomination form. She can be reached at or at 505-946-3605. The application deadline is July 10th, 2018.

The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society.  Last year, AARP recognized 51 outstanding individuals and couples from around the country.

(Photo: The 2017 AARP New Mexico Andrus Award for Community Service Winners: Elsa and Capt. Walt Baker.)

More from AARP in Las Cruces

AARP will host a weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall on Thursday at 1 pm (ET). Please join us each week for the latest information on the Coronavirus.

Read More »

You can find CDC’s latest coronavirus information at; AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Las Cruces
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner