MILLINOCKET â Jackie McAdam has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Associationâs most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service. Named after AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, this award symbolizes an individualâs power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
AARP Maine selected Jackie McAdam for her remarkable service and for the impact sheâs had on the lives of others and on her community. Jackie is the creator and lifeblood of the Katahdin Area Support Group. For over twenty years, this group has supported cancer patients and others with serious illnesses in the Katahdin Area by providing special medical equipment and other assistance, such as transportation to treatments, free of charge. Each month, Jackie also hosts Love One Another meetings at her home, which provide a supportive environment for survivors to heal through emotional sharing. Another notable endeavor carried out by the group is their âGreat Chocolate Escape,â an annual dinner for cancer survivors.
The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and older. The award will be formally presented to Jackie November 1, 2010 at a noontime luncheon ceremony at the Millinocket Baptist Church.
âAARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve,â says Nancy Kelleher, AARP State Director. âIn fact, AARPâs founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, created our motto âTo serve, not to be served.â I believe it is most fitting that we bestow this yearâs award to Mrs. McAdam who clearly exemplifies our founderâs belief in community service.â
Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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