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AARP Idaho Honors Member with Top Volunteer Award

Lynn Young is the 2016 recipient of AARP Idaho's highest honor for volunteers, the Andrus Award for Community Service. (AARP)
Lynn Young is the 2016 recipient of AARP Idaho's highest honor for volunteers, the Andrus Award for Community Service. (AARP)
October 11, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – "A shining example of positivity, both as a volunteer and in life." That's how AARP Idaho describes its latest award-winning volunteer. Lynn Young is the 2016 recipient of the Andrus Award for Community Service. The honor is named after AARP's founder Dr. Ethel Andrus, and is given each year to the organization's most outstanding volunteer. Young, who has been involved with AARP for the past 12 years, said volunteering is a very enriching experience.

"I just think that volunteering is an important part of our lives, it's part of the fabric that we're made of," she said. "I think it's a two-way street when you volunteer, you give of yourself, but you also get something intrinsic from doing that. Everyone has volunteer opportunities, and they just have to make the most of them."

Young is currently a member of AARP's National Policy Council. She will be honored at a ceremony this Friday in Boise.

Young has served in a number of other volunteering capacities as well. She's worked on the City of Meridian Mayor's Senior Advisory Council, Idaho Power Company's Energy-Efficiency Advisory Committee, and with Soroptimist International, to name just a few. At her core, Young said she wants to help seniors, especially lower-income Idahoans, live with the dignity they deserve.

"And also helping seniors live their very best lives," she added. "All of us need to do that, helping people to be able to live where they want to live and age in place, by bringing services to them and providing opportunities to socialize and to be with other people."

Pamela Root, senior operations administrator with AARP Idaho, said her organization is able to provide such a wide variety of programs for seniors because people like Lynn Young are willing to pitch in.

"Our office has a staff of five and we cover services for the entire state, so we could not do everything that we do, all the positive programs that are provided through AARP, without our volunteers," Root said.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - ID