Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that AARP Massachusetts is now accepting nominations for the 2012 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious volunteer honor.
Given out annually, the AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes outstanding volunteers who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to make a powerful difference in their communities. Nominations may be submitted by AARP members, volunteers, chapter or unit members, community partners, external organizations or groups or members of the public.
Since 2002 western Massachusetts has seen four AARP State Andrew Award winners. Past recipients from the region include Bertha Lawrence of Pittsfield (2003); Robert Mashia of Chicopee (2004); Jean Haggerty of Amherst (2005); and Dr. Daniel Clapp of Amherst (2011).
Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:
· Be 50 years old or older;
· The accomplishments, achievements or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay;
· The accomplishments, achievements or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission;
· Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible, however teams are not eligible.
AARP’s vision is to achieve a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams. AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. AARP leads positive social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy and service.
Nominations can be submitted online, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the mail (AARP Massachusetts State Office, Attn: Shanel Antunes, One Beacon Street, Suite 2301, Boston, MA 02108), but must be received on or before June 1st.