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AARP Hawaii accepting nominations for award

AARP Hawaii is accepting nominations for its 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service. The award is AARP Hawaii’s highest volunteer honor and goes to Hawaii residents 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of community members.

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

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

• Nominees 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. AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs volunteers (Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, RSVP, and Senior Demonstration Programs) are eligible.

• The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and purpose.

• The 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.

Kauai 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 Kauai, received the 2019 Andrus Award.

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