October 20, 2009

An Oldie But a Goodie

I’m not a card carrying member just yet, but it won’t be too long before I become one (since when is “retired person” defined as 50-plus?!). Anyway, the “people with the power to make it better” (you at the back, keep up, I’m talking about AARP) just joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and iParticipate to encourage Americans to volunteer.

AARP’s “Create the Good” - where good people get connected to opportunities to create good – has a whole slew of activities planned for this week (October 19-25) to help promote volunteerism. Country crooner/superwoman Faith Hill encourages Americans to volunteer their time to make America a better place in a new PSA airing on You Tube and ESPN sportscaster Jorge Ramos has a special message on Univision, Telemundo and V-Me that urges Hispanics to volunteer.

You can also tune in to one of the more than 90 programs on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and cable networks that will spotlight the idea of giving back. NBC's "30 Rock" kooky page Kenneth Parcell tries to adopt all the dogs at an animal shelter, the hunky docs on ABC's "Private Practice" give homeless teenagers free checkups, and two characters (not sure if they’re the brains or the brawn) on CBS' "Numb3rs" talk about joining Big Brothers Big Sisters.

You can’t escape it, so you might as well enjoy it while you can.

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