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Top Volunteer Over 50 Sought in Missouri

One volunteer who goes above and beyond will be selected to receive the 2016 Andrus Award in Missouri later this year. (Virginia Carter)
One volunteer who goes above and beyond will be selected to receive the 2016 Andrus Award in Missouri later this year. (Virginia Carter)
April 13, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Volunteers are a key part of many nonprofit groups, and for AARP, they're being called the "lifeblood" of the organization. It's National Volunteer Week, and AARP Missouri is looking for nominations for its 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service.

Sidney McCarther, volunteer state president for AARP Missouri, said the award recognizes people who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities, and who inspire others to volunteer.

"Volunteers are the core," he said. "Without the volunteers, the things that we're trying and the mission that we have couldn't be carried out. So volunteers are highly important within AARP - and are treated that way, too."

Nominees must be at least 50 years old, and the service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay. It must also reflect AARP's vision and mission. Nominations are accepted online at aarp.org/mo until June 3.

Missouri volunteers help with AARP's Smart Drive and Tax Aide programs. McCarther said there's a job for anyone who's interested.

"Some people like going out and doing events where they pass out education materials, and others like to go down to the Capitol at the State of Missouri and lobby," he said. "So, we match their skills and their desires to try and fit that need."

The AARP Missouri Andrus Award recipient will receive a monetary gift to be donated to a local charity of his or her choice. The winner will be announced at a celebration in September.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO