Nominees for Volunteer Award Apply Skills, Talents to Help Others
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
AARP has opened nominations for one of its most prestigious awards honoring volunteer work in Idaho.
The Andrus Award for Community Service is named after A-A-R-P founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP Idaho will select a person or couple ages 50 years or older who perform services without pay in their communities.
Pam Root, senior operations manager for AARP Idaho, said nominees and winners of the award use the skills and talents they have learned in life to help others.
"Most are retired, but often we have volunteers that are still working," Root explained. "They take the time to significantly help others by their volunteer service."
The deadline for nominations is July 15. Nearly 38% of Idahoans volunteer, according to data from AmeriCorps, ranking it 10th among states for its volunteering rate.
The recipient or recipients will get to choose a nonprofit organization to receive a $2,000 donation from AARP.
Root noted nominees do not have to be members of AARP to be selected. She added people can enrich their own lives by volunteering, such as delivering meals to people through an organization like Meals on Wheels.
"If they only have maybe an hour or a morning a week and could volunteer for Meals on Wheels, it not only helps their mission, but it brightens your own life," Root remarked.
Idaho's 2021 recipient of the Andrus Award was Shauna Arnold of Cascade. Her donation went to the nonprofit organization Horizons' Lifestyle and Education Team, of which she is a founding board member.
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