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AARP Volunteer Appreciation

 

AARP Nevada recognized its volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Grove on September 26, in Reno. In keeping with the memory of founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, volunteers are celebrated for the work they do on behalf of others and to make their community a better place to live.

AARP Nevada volunteers give countless hours of personal time in programs such as the Driver Safety and TaxAide Programs, the Senior Community Service Employment Program, and local chapters where they serve the needs of communities across the nation.

John Castaldi, a District Coordinator for the Driver Safety Program, said the course has prevented accidents among older drivers that have been increasing. “Nine of ten accidents are preventable,” he said “If we can prevent one accident, we've done our community a service.” Castaldi told the audience he wanted to give back to the community. “It's a challenge but motivating to have such an impact on someone's life in a positive way.”

John Castaldi, District Coordinator, Driver Safety Program
John Castaldi, District Coordinator, Driver Safety Program.

Frank Furnarni, a District Coordinator for the TaxAide Program said his group of volunteers did over 900 tax returns at the Carson City Senior Center for free. “We do taxes at no charge, and we file it for you,” he said. Furnarni has five tax preparation locations in Reno and Sparks where he volunteers his time.