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Some Ohio Volunteers Seek a New Leader

AARP volunteers in Ohio have been educating folks about the state’s new Caregiving Act. (AARP Ohio)
AARP volunteers in Ohio have been educating folks about the state’s new Caregiving Act. (AARP Ohio)
September 29, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hundreds of AARP volunteers work across the state to help improve the lives of Ohioans age 50 and over - and the organization is now looking to fill a unique volunteer opportunity.

AARP Ohio has an opening for State President, a role temporarily filled by Earl Goldhammer. He explains the state president leads both volunteer and staff members in their work on important advocacy issues. Most recently, Goldhammer says that has been educating Ohioans about efforts to repeal Obamacare.

"We recognize that the Affordable Care Act needs a lot of work, and it's in need of some repair," he concedes. "But we don't want to eliminate it or severely cut back the benefits that were sought by the Affordable Care Act when it was passed."

Besides guiding volunteers, Goldhammer says the state president often meets with lawmakers, testifies at the legislature and writes editorials on various matters. He says AARP Ohio needs a candidate who is interested in community engagement and can help increase its impact locally.

As a former employee of American Electric Power for nearly two decades, Goldhammer has been especially passionate about issues related to energy policy. He explains AARP members often live on limited incomes and it's crucial to ensure they can afford their utility bills.

"Utilities are something that you can't get away from - you have to pay your electric bill, you have to pay your gas bill, etc," he explains. "And we want to make sure that our members who have limited incomes can afford to do so."

Other issues AARP volunteers are working on in Ohio include financial security and fraud prevention, as well as the state's new Caregiving Act, which improves support for family caregivers when loved ones are released from the hospital.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH