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AARP seeks nominations

LANSING — AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Michigan Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-and-older Michiganders who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Michigan is excited to shine a light on those who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Karen Kafantaris, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach. Nominations will be evaluated by the AARP Michigan State Office 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 Michigan Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Nominee 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.

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

• Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.

• This is not a posthumous award.

Please contact the AARP Michigan State Office at 517-267-8916 for further information and a nomination form. Or find the form at The application deadline is June 3. – G.G.

Disability organization hosts town hall format discussion

FLINT – Community members with disabilities, family members and advocates are invited to attend a public gathering to give input on their communities. The public hearing will be held from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on May 13 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, 5353 Gateway Centre, Flint. RSVPs are not required. The town hall format discussion is sponsored by the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (MISILC). The non-profit organization promotes freedom, choice, opportunity and equality for people with disabilities through advocacy, education and employment. “Getting information from community members with disabilities is important in shaping the State Plan for Independent Living,” said Rodney Craig, Executive Director of MISILC. “We are excited to hear from the Flint community on their ideas to create a transformative plan to benefit all Michigan citizens.” Craig said previous state plans have focused on resources and needs. However, for the upcoming plan the Council is interested in setting a vision of community living for persons with disabilities in the future as defined by persons with disabilities. Members of MISILC are encouraged by the current feedback received, and it has been incorporated into the State Plan for Independent Living draft. By reflecting the voices and needs of individuals with disabilities in the plan, it will become the lead document on long-range change and the capturing of short-term accomplishments. The current plan can be viewed at state-plan-for-independent-living. – G.G.

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