As AARP North Carolina Director, I am so proud to be associated with all of our volunteers across the state. You have carried forward the wonderful tradition of volunteer service that has always defined AARP. Most importantly, you made a very positive difference in the lives of older adults and their families and in the livability of our communities.Volunteers are the face of AARP at the local level.
Volunteers now lead the majority of our local events. Whether it is advocating for caregivers, easier ways to save for retirement, fighting for affordable utility rates, making communities more livable for people of all ages or protecting people from scams and fraud, AARP volunteers are engaged and effective and are contributing in so many ways.
Although our work has changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunities for volunteer engagement are stronger than ever. In addition to our priorities before the coronavirus outbreak, a new set of challenges has arrived and AARP volunteers will remain at the forefront of our response as they continue to bring real possibilities to older adults in the state.
Whether it is your participation in upcoming virtual events, taking action on critical issues, working with community partners to improve life for those of all ages, or just making a difference in one person’s life, your participation is needed so we can take on a whole new set of COVID-19 related challenges. AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond outlined some of those challenges including:
As you see, our challenges are great, but so too are the capabilities, hard work and dedication of hundreds of AARP members who are lending their skills and talents to AARP and other community organizations working together to bring real possibilities to Tar Heels as we age.
So once again, thank you for being such a strong voice for your loved ones, your communities and for older adults in North Carolina. If you want to learn more about volunteer opportunities where you live, send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org – please add “volunteer” to the subject line with the city or town of residence.
This story is provided by AARP North Carolina. Visit the AARP North Carolina page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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