Michigan RSVP Couple wins AARP Andrus Award

AARP Michigan’s 2016 Andrus Award for      Community Service winners, Scott and Mary Aldrich are Senior Corps RSVP volunteers from the Kalamazoo area. “AARP Michigan takes great pride in congratulating Scott and Mary Aldrich for their tireless community service,” said Chris Holman, volunteer President of AARP Michigan.

Scott and Mary received the honor at a luncheon in January at Senior Services of Southwest Michigan. They volunteer for Senior Services, and are part of the agency’s RSVP national service program for adults age 55 and better. Scott and Mary say, “When you look around your community there is a great need for a variety of support. We feel the talent that has left the work place is a gold mine waiting to be tapped. Talent can be technical and non-technical. We donated when we were in the workplace, donating money is necessary. In our volunteer efforts helping others we learned there was more than money in the word ‘donate’. Times have changed, the family unit is very different than it was when we grew up. Money solves many problems, so does a smile, an ear, time and boots on the ground.”

As RSVP volunteers, Mary and Scott are making a difference for others. Mary, a certified Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) counselor helps seniors navigate health insurance benefits and options. She is a Communities In Schools Kalamazoo volunteer at Spring Valley Elementary, helps track hazardous material sites for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, and distributes crocheted and knitted items made by Helping Hands, Happy People. Scott is a Tuesday Toolmen volunteer making home repairs and accessibility modifications for seniors to help them stay living more healthy and safe at home. Scott helps with hunger relief at Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, and serves on the Senior Service of Southwest Michigan board of directors. Read more at http://states.aarp.org/richland-couple-wins-aarp-community-service-award/.

“Scott and Mary are compassionate givers who have committed their retirement to making life better, happier and easier for people in their community. Their hope is for others to find causes they care about and volunteer to help others,” says RSVP Director, Tracie Wheeler.

RSVP – Your Invitation to Volunteer, a Senior Corps national service program at Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, connects volunteers, age 55 and better, with nonprofits and schools. Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of fellow citizens through service.

Tracie Wheeler
Volunteer Services Manager, RSVP Director
Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
918 Jasper St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

269.382.0515 ext. 137
269.382.3189 (fax)


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