Know a Volunteer Who's Making a Difference? Nominate Them for AARP's 2024 Massachusetts Andrus Award

Posted on 04/26/24 by Ted Carey

AARP is accepting nominations for its 2024 Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award honors outstanding volunteers from each state who dedicate their time and talent to enrich their communities.

“AARP Massachusetts is excited to shine a light on people 50 plus who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Mike Festa, AARP Massachusetts State Director.

Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Massachusetts based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, reflected AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.

AARP Massachusetts 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. Volunteer receiving small stipends to cover the costs associated with the volunteer activity are eligible.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and purpose.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must be replicable and provide inspiration for others to volunteer.
  • Partisan political achievements, accomplishments or service may not be considered.
  • Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.
  • 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 AARP Massachusetts awarded the prize to Paul Glass and Charles D. Evans, a married couple in their 70s. The couple volunteers and advocates for multiple organizations, including two they co-founded. With their work in the LGBTQIA+ community, they championed positive social change and delivered value through advocacy, information, and service.
This year's award recipient will be announced in early fall and will receive a $2500 check to be donated to the eligible nonprofit of their choosing.

To nominate someone, please click here for a form.

The application deadline is July 15, 2024 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.

This story is provided by AARP Massachusetts. Visit the AARP Massachusetts page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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