Flora Johnson receives AARP’s highest volunteer award for community service

Flora Johnson of Tulare, California is the recipient of the 2021 AARP California Andrus Award for Community Service – AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award. The award recognizes outstanding service and is given to a community-minded individual over 50 who best exemplifies AARP Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus’s motto, “To serve, not to be served.” The award is given annually to a Californian.

Of more than 70 volunteer leaders nominated for the 2021 Andrus Prize in California, Flora Johnson, Founder and CEO of Grandmother’s House – A Vision of Hope received the award on Wednesday, December 15and for his extraordinary community efforts.

Grandmother’s House – A Vision of Hope provides children in kindergarten through 6th grade who perform below California standards for their grade level with educational and personal support. Johnson had a dream and set about making Grandma’s house a reality because she has seen with her own eyes, as a teacher and principal, that no matter how good the teachers are, some children fall through the cracks. She knew that a facility like Grandma’s House was needed in her community to further support the education of children. With no outside financial help, Johnson began replacing in his school district and used the money to get Grandma’s house operational. Since its foundation, Grandma’s house has helped countless young people and provided an impactful volunteer opportunity for retired teachers.

As the recipient of the award, Johnson received a check for $1,000 from AARP and she chose to donate to Grandma’s house. The continued efforts of Johnson and the volunteers of Grandma’s house is an important reminder for us to give back to our community this holiday season and as we enter the new year.

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Jill E. Washington