AARP Maine seeks nominees for Community Service Award

AARP Maine is seeking nominations for its 2022 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors individuals who share their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of others in their community. The annual award is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP in 1958 at the age of 73.

“Maine’s seniors already understand the value of giving back and improving their communities,” said Noel Bonam, Maine State Director of AARP, according to a press release from the nonprofit based. in Portland. “Many remain actively involved locally, drawing on their experience and wisdom. They realize that volunteering fulfills this need and the desire to help others. Through this recognition, AARP Maine encourages members and prospective members to use their skills and talents as a way to stay vital and make a difference in their community.

Selection of nominees will be made by a panel of AARP staff and volunteers. This selection includes consideration of a range of criteria, including each nominee’s positive impact on their community and the lives of people aged 50 and over.

Carl Bucciantini is the current president of AARP Maine Volunteer State and last year’s recipient of the award in partnership with his wife, Joyce. Carl said, “The AARP Maine Andrus Award acts as a symbol to our members and to the public that we can all work together for positive social change. AARP makes things better for society and has long appreciated the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions that AARP volunteers make to their communities and neighbors.

Applicants for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service must meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Applicants must be 50 or older, but do not need to be an AARP member;

• The achievements, accomplishments or services on which the nominations are based must have been performed on a voluntary basis, without remuneration;

• The achievements, accomplishments, or services on which nominations are based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission;

• Couples or partners performing the service together are eligible; however, teams are not;

• The recipient must live in the state of award; and

• This is not a posthumous award.

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 1. For nomination forms and more information, visit aarp.cventevents.com.

The AARP Maine 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, Joyce and Carl Bucciantini, residents of Greene, received the award.

For more information about AARP and its work in Maine, visit its website at aarp.org/me and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @aarpmaine.

Jill E. Washington