Recognition for volunteers over 50 who are making a difference

Do you know a volunteer, over the age of 50, who’s made a significant impact in your community? We are always grateful for volunteerism, thankful to those who give a little extra of themselves to help others.  Especially during this pandemic, so many people have stepped up to take care of our fellow humans.

Fred Rogers once said, “’When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Now’s your chance to recognize one of these extraordinary helpers by nominating them for AARP Washington’s 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors a 50+ individual or couple who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

Nominations are accepted until July 15, 2020, and the winner will receive the opportunity to donate $2,000 to an eligible non-profit of his or her choosing.

“AARP is excited to shine a light on 50+ Washingtonians who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Doug Shadel, AARP Washington State Director.

AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominee must be 50 or older.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.
  • Married couples or domestic partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.
  • The recipient must live in the awarding state.
  • This is not a posthumous award.

Please contact AARP Washington at 206-399-2106 or for further information or to have a nomination form mailed to you. Nominations will be evaluated based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced in early fall 2020.

The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society.  Last year, AARP recognized 50 outstanding individuals and couples from around the country.


Christina Clem, who wrote this article, is a communications specialist for AARP Washington.