AARP seeks 2016 Andrus Award for community service nominees


COLUMBUS – AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors any Ohioan age 50+ who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

“Our data shows that three out every four adults aged 50+ have supported their community by volunteering in some way over the last year,” said Kelley Neal, who leads the volunteer program at AARP Ohio. “AARP Ohio is excited to shine a light on these 50+ Ohioans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them.”

Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Ohio 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 Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominee must be 50 years or older.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.
  • Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.
  • This is not a posthumous award.

Please visit for further information and to submit an online nomination form or contact Kelley Neal at 614-222-1502. The application deadline is June 3.

The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society and are named in honor of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Last year, AARP recognized 52 outstanding individuals from around the country.

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.

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