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A Volunteering Life: Minnesota's Older Adults Find Purpose

PHOTO: The search is on to find and honor older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through volunteer work. Photo credit: ccbarr/Flickr.
PHOTO: The search is on to find and honor older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through volunteer work. Photo credit: ccbarr/Flickr.
May 13, 2015

ST, PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota continues to grow older, the aging process is changing - and that has many older adults finding a new purpose in life through volunteering.

Minnesota has one of the highest volunteer rates in the nation, with around 40 percent of older adults actively helping out in their communities. These volunteers really are the lifeblood of many organizations statewide, said AARP Minnesota president Jim Scheibel.

"We, and I know other nonprofits, just could not be effective and do the work and have the impact they have without volunteers," he said, "and they want to make a difference, to improve the quality of life for all people."

Scheibel said one older adult who is giving his or her time and talent to improve the lives of others will be honored later this summer with the 2015 Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service.

The 2014 Andrus Award winner, Kathryn LaBrasseur, volunteers for a number of organizations including the Alexandria Senior Community Center, where she has helped increase membership by 400 percent over the past few years.

"I just feel that our community is truly outstanding, and it is up to all of us," she said. "We're all here to do what we can to maintain and enrich and sustain for the future the quality of life that we have here."

Nominations for this year's Andrus Award can be made on the AARP Minnesota website. The winner will be announced in August, and receive $1,000 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.

Statistics on volunteering are online at volunteeringinamerica.gov.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN