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Website Makes Community Volunteering Easy

The AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program is one of many volunteer opportunities showcased on the website 'createthegood.org.' (AARP Foundation)
The AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program is one of many volunteer opportunities showcased on the website 'createthegood.org.' (AARP Foundation)
October 5, 2016

PHOENIX – One in four American adults – more than 62 million people – does some volunteering, and together they donate almost 8 billion hours of their time each year.

And now, AARP is making it easy for people to get involved.

On the group's website CreateTheGood.org, anyone can enter his or her ZIP Code and find ways to volunteer in local areas.

Daniel Martinez, state president for AARP Arizona, says the latest group of retirees has the potential to really make a difference.

"This new group of retirees, especially the baby boomers, have a lot of expertise and interest, and time to devote to volunteer opportunities,” he states. “So, we are really focusing on providing a wide range of opportunities."

The web site includes volunteer jobs outside and within AARP.

Some of the in-house programs to choose from include income tax assistance with the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program, helping people update their skills in the Driver Safety Program, reading to school children and publicizing scams through the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

Martinez says many organizations are in special need of bilingual workers.

Martinez, a volunteer himself, says he built on his experience as a community college professor to help with minority outreach and then advocacy, before joining the AARP Arizona executive committee.

"Our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, was a retired teacher, and she founded AARP to help folks that were retired,” he relates. “But it's grown into much more."

AARP counts 860,000 members in Arizona and 38 million across the country. However the website is open to all. You don't need to be a member or be over age 50 to search for volunteer positions.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - AZ