ID Nominees Sought for Prestigious Volunteering Award
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
The nomination process is open for older Idahoans who have volunteered their time to help improve their communities.
The Andrus Award for Community Service is named after AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.
For the prestigious award, AARP Idaho will select a person or couple age 50 or older, who performs services without pay in their communities.
Pam Root, senior operations manager for AARP Idaho, said it's important to step up if you know someone who's making a difference.
"Often people really don't want to be recognized," Root observed. "That's not why they're volunteering. But it inspires others so much when you hear about what people are doing, and that's one of the pointed, is that, 'Oh, you know what? I could do that, too.'"
The deadline for nominations is July 15. The recipient or recipients will get to choose a nonprofit organization to receive a $2,000 dollar donation from AARP. In 2021, 400,000 Idahoans volunteered for a total of 38 million hours in the state, according to AmeriCorps.
Root added volunteers play a vital role for organizations across Idaho.
"I know for a fact many organizations could not do the work they do, including AARP, without their volunteers," Root emphasized.
The 2022 recipient of the Andrus Award in Idaho was Ruby Strubel. She has volunteered for more than 15 years at the Meridian Senior Center.
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