At the cool, hip age of 50, no one thinks they are old enough to be invited to be part of an organization that was formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons. But it is a rite of passage…AARP finds you, offers you some cool benefits, articles, and information and for a few measly bucks, you cast your pride aside and join. Now AARP is doing something else really cool.
Their new venture is inspired by AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967). The first woman high school principal in California, Dr. Andrus founded the National Retired Teachers Association in 1947 and AARP in 1958. Her motto, which is still the motto of AARP, is “To serve, not to be served.” Her life of service inspires the new Create the Good program:
Her belief in collective voice and action is at the heart of Create The Good. She believed that anyone, anywhere, anytime could make a difference.
When you visit www.CreateTheGood.org, you can:
- Find Good Things to Do by entering in your zipcode
- Use DIY (Do-It-Yourself) toolkits or your own ideas to do something good
- Post an Opportunity to do good
Some examples of the 629 opportunities in Austin are:
- Be a tax-aide volunteer
- Offer clerical assistance to a hospice
- Help out with programs to empower girls in math, science, engineering, and technology
- Help clean up a park
Check it out! You can be a part of the AARP program and contribute to creating good where you live…even if you’re way too young in years (or at heart) to join AARP!