Volunteer Appreciation Week 2020

Posted on 04/09/20

The week of April 19th is National Volunteer Week and at AARP Maine, we are fortunate to work with extraordinary volunteers throughout the year.

More than ever, I am inspired and humbled by the remarkable team of volunteers who live in Maine communities large and small across the state. Particularly during this challenging time, I want to acknowledge their passion and dedication. The work of these wonderful individuals honors AARP’s mission “to serve, not to be served.” This phrase was coined by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, more than 60 years ago and it is certainly relevant today.

Our volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of Mainers 50+ on both state and national issues. They fight the soaring cost of prescription drugs, push for access to high-speed internet for all Mainers, and call for better savings options for hard-working Mainers. They empower their communities and bring the voices of many to Augusta and to Washington. They also work with their legislators and community leaders at home to foster age-friendly initiatives in their own town and neighborhoods. The reach out to their fellow AARP members to make sure they are connected to others.Simply put, the work of AARP Maine would not be possible without our wonderful family of dedicated volunteers.

AARP was founded in 1958 because Dr. Andrus, who was a retired school teacher, believed she could help others. She founded our organization when she was 73-years old. Today, AARP has nearly 38 million members nationwide, almost 230,000 right here in Maine. One person really can make a difference.

In whatever way you choose to help others, you are making a difference, and we applaud you.I look forward to our continued work together. If you have any questions or if there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to let us know by sending an email to me@aarp.org. We know many Mainers are struggling during this troubling time. On behalf of all of us at AARP Maine, we wish you good health and safety, and send warmest wishes to you and your family.

Lori Parham
AARP Maine State Director

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

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