What Does it Mean to be a Member of AARP?
Learn how an organization that has been enriching lives for more than 50 years can make a difference in yours.
Founded by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus in 1958, when she herself was 73, AARP now has a membership of almost 38 million people 50+ across the country. Andrus believed that people’s older years should be an opportunity for new growth and participation in society. She referred to AARP as “an army of useful citizens” who had the ability, the experience and the desire to promote and enhance the public good. She gave us the motto that still guides us today: “To serve, not to be served.”
Here in Maine, AARP has a state office in Portland, but our work spans the entire state. During each state legislative session, our staff and volunteers are at the state house in Augusta almost every day. We meet with legislators, attend hearings, and deliver testimony, working to represent our 230,000 members on issues of concern to them. We also work with local communities to enhance the lives of Mainers 50+ through information sharing, volunteerism and service.
Other important ways in which AARP works to make a difference in Maine include: advancing age-friendly initiatives in communities throughout the state; helping older drivers stay safe, and providing free, IRS-certified tax assistance and preparation. We offer volunteer opportunities that are meaningful and fun, whether you want to stay behind the scenes or take a more visible role, making your voice heard on behalf of Mainers 50+.
“Our community is the place where we as older individuals can be the most effective,” wrote Dr. Andrus in one of AARP’s earliest publications. This is part of her extraordinary legacy and today AARP continues to champion that philosophy. By joining us, you reap the benefits of this legacy, and have the chance to carry it forward.
- Socialize and make new friends at FREE monthly On-Tap and Coffee Klatsch happenings across Maine—your first beverage at every event is on us.
- Enjoy fun outdoor and entertainment opportunities with friends and family.
- Participate in the legislative process at AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House in Augusta
- Join Recess Regulars and meet with members of Congress and their staff when they are back home in Maine, making sure they stay committed to issues impacting Mainers 50+.
- Receive resources to help plan for retirement and prepare to care for a loved one.
- Ensure you have up-to-date information to protect yourself from scams.