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AARP Maryland State Newsletter - 2/15/13

AARP Maryland State Newsletter - 2/15/13

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Harvest for the Hungry food drive kicks off soon, legislative session update, chained CPI is not fair to America's veterans, and more.
Harvest for the Hungry food drive kicks off soon, legislative session update, chained CPI is not fair to America's veterans, and more.

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FROM OUR STATE DIRECTOR 
FEBRUARY 15, 2013VOLUME IIIISSUE 7
200 St. Paul Place Ste. 2510 | Baltimore, MD 21202 | phone 866.542.8163
AARP MARYLAND NEWSLETTER
Greetings:AARP MD is partnering with Harvest for theHungry, Safeway and the Capital Area FoodBank on a week-long, food donation drive.During the week of March 2
9, over 100AARP volunteers will staff Safeway stores inMaryland, DC and Virginia to help increaseCapital Area Food Bank donations as a part of 
AARP MD’s Drive To End Hunger work.
 Next week, Outreach Director Jen Holz willbring those volunteers together for a trainingevent. Excitement is high, and Jen has done atremendous job putting all of the piecestogether
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to staff a fooddonation drive March 2
9. Outreach Director JenHolz will be holding a volunteer training event onFebruary 19. If you are interested in volunteering,please contact Jen at  jholz@aarp.org or 410-895-7602
 
Senior Hunger Action Day to be held on February 25 in Elkton, MD
 AARP Volunteers will work with Maryland Hunger Solutions, the Cecil County Health Department, Cecil SeniorServices & Community Transit and the Maryland Food Bank on a February 25th event at the Health Department inElkton that will include food pick up, SNAP/FSP benefit screenings and other resources. For more informationcontact Cathy Demeroto, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions at  cdemeroto@mdhungersolutions.org or (410) 528-0021 x 21.
Food insecurity and poverty are serious problems among seniors. Maryland ranks 29th for olderadult risk of hunger with 6.35% of older adults considered at risk.Maryland Hunger Solutions has named February Senior Hunger Action Month, and as a part of ourDrive to End Hunger work, AARP MD will work with them on events, including a Tele-town Hall that will focus on information around SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefit enrollment. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Jen Holz at  jholz@aarp.org or (410)
895-7602.-Hank 
 
 
FEBRUARY 15, 2013
AARP MARYLAND NEWSLETTER
Are you on Facebook? We are too. Like us on www.facebook.com/aarpmd  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aarpmd 
United Seniors of Maryland Rally on March 19
AARP MD will again participate in the UnitedSeniors of Maryland Rally on March 19. If you areinterested in attending contact Tresa Ballard at 
tballard@aarp.org or (410) 895-7610
 
 African American Patriots Day Ceremony
 This will be held at the War Memorial Building onFebruary 23 at 11:00 am. Event will include awreath laying ceremony at the Monument to Black Soldiers in front of City Hall. Free and open to thepublic.
Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards
In partnership with the Commission on Aging and
The Beacon Newspapers,
Montgomery Countygovernment annually honors residents age 60 andolder whose lifetime of volunteer service andcommitment to Montgomery County make themoutstanding role models for young and old alike.For nomination criteria and more information,check out  www.montgomeryserves.org or contact  Kathleen Meaney Stobie at 240-777-2612 orkathleen.stobie@montgomerycountymd.gov. February 25
th
is the deadline. Winners will beannounced in mid-March.
Survey Looks to Answer How Flu is Spread
 The Social Mixing and Respiratory Transmission(SMART) in Schools Study,a CDC-funded studyconducted by researchers at the Johns HopkinsUniversity and the University of Pittsburgh, isinvestigating how the flu and other respiratorydiseases are spread in schools. An internet-basedsurvey was just launched and US residents of allages (children and adults) are asked to participateat  www.smart.pitt.edu/contactsurvey.For more information please contact Eva Noble at enoble@jhsph.edu or 410-614-0146.
 
 AARP Honors Black History Month at Fort George G. Meade Event 
 AARP MD State President Clarence Davis attended a Black History Month Celebration at Fort George G. Meade.Special thanks to the wonderful volunteers who staffedthe information table!
GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY
Legislative Session Update!Utility Surcharge Story in the Baltimore Sun
Tammy and team continue the fight against 
surcharges on utility bills….Check out this
great article featuring Tammy that will be published inthe Baltimore Sun this Sunday, Feb. 17:
Volunteer Advocates Needed to Work withGeneral Assembly on utility and caregivingissues
anyone interested in volunteering duringthe legislative session should contact TammyBresnahan at  tbresnahan@aarp.org or call her at  410-530-7285
200 St. Paul Place Ste. 2510 | Baltimore, MD 21202 | phone 866.542.8163
 
FEBRUARY 15, 2013
AARP MARYLAND NEWSLETTER
Are you on Facebook? We are too. Like us on www.facebook.com/aarpmd  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aarpmd 
 
CHAINED CPI IS NOT FAIR TO
AMERICA’S VETERANS
 
A little-understood proposal to cut federal spendingwould demand sacrifice from a group that has givenmore than its share -- our nation's veterans. Theproposal, known as chained CPI, is touted as a moreaccurate way to compute cost-of-living adjustmentsto federal benefits than the current inflation index.
Unfortunately, that’s not true for older Americans,
including many veterans and people with disabilities,whose hard-earned benefits would no longer keep upwith inflation if this proposal takes effect. Even moretroubling, permanent adjustments for the cost of living take a bigger and bigger bite over time. Theeffect would be a stealthy and growing benefit cut for
the rest of a veteran’s life.
 AARP MD will make its voice heard. StatePresident Clarence Davis and State Director Hank Greenberg are scheduling visits to SenatorsCardin and Mikulski and Representatives Hoyer,Van Hollen, Edwards and Delaney next week totalk about this issue. For more information, or tojoin the conversations please contact Mike Kulick at  mkulick@aarp.org or (410) 895-7604. How would the COLA change impact you?
 
Use
AARP’s hand
y tool to see how your Social Security or
veterans’ benefits would be impacted if Washington
changes the cost-of-living-adjustment and then senda message to President Obama and your Members of Congress
urge them to reject this shortsightedchange and instead find responsible ways to addressour nation's budget challenges. Tell them to leaveyour hard-earned Social Security and veterans'benefits out of any shortsighted budget deal.
Take Action:
 
New print ad,"I'm a veteran. Not a line itemon a budget.", features Silver Star Veteran and AARP MD Volunteer Marvin Sakin! The new ads began running this week and list 13 veteran organizations who endorse themessage to not implement chainedCPI. Clarence Davis, Veteran and AARP MDState President, is also featured!
200 St. Paul Place Ste. 2510 | Baltimore, MD 21202 | phone 866.542.8163

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