Nominate older volunteers for award

LIHU‘E — AARP Hawai‘i is accepting nominations for its 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service.

The award is AARP Hawai‘i’s highest volunteer honor, and goes to Hawai‘i residents 50 years of age and older who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of community members.

“AARP Hawai‘i is excited to shine a light on 50+ Hawai‘i residents who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives of those around them,” said AARP Hawai‘i Director Keali‘i Lopez.

Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Hawai‘i 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.

AARP Hawai‘i Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Must be 50 years or older;

• Achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay. AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs volunteers (Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Senior Demonstration Programs) are eligible;

• Achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and purpose;

• Achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must be replicable and provide inspiration for others to volunteer.

Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible. However, teams are not eligible.

This is not a posthumous award.

For more information and to submit a nomination, go to aarp.org/andrusaward. The applications deadline is July 15.

Kaua‘i resident and attorney J. Michael Ratcliffe, the president and founding partner of the Seniors Law Program, a nonprofit corporation offering legal services to kupuna on Kaua‘i, received the 2019 Andrus Award.

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