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by: CONTRIBUTED - Volunteer mentors with AARP Experience Corps can make a difference in the lives of local school children. The program is seeking volunteers for the 2013-14 school year.

Mentor a child this coming school year

AARP Experience Corps is seeking volunteers age 50 and older to serve as mentors for children in Portland-area public schools for the 2013-14 school year.

Many children in elementary school need a little extra attention to thrive academically. This is where the volunteer mentors come in. Working one-on-one and in small groups with young children in area elementary schools, these mentors provide the needed support and attention for students to succeed.

AARP Experience Corps is an intergenerational program that focuses on helping children become great readers before finishing third grade. All mentors work directly with the students.

“Our mentors know they are making a difference in the lives of children,” said Jessica McLaren, program coordinator.

Volunteer mentors must be at least 50 and able to commit to four or more hours per week throughout the school year. Those able to commit to 15 or more hours may receive a monthly stipend. No formal experience is needed, just the desire to help children succeed. Training and ongoing support are provided.

Applications for the 2013-14 school year are being accepted now. For more information, call 503-232-0007 ext 222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer, 87, named Oregon’s Salute to Senior Service winner

An 87-year-old Grants Pass woman has been honored as the Oregon winner of the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s Salute to Senior Service award.

Virginia Brown is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at Josephine County Circuit Court. Brown volunteers as one of only five bailiffs in Josephine County, working with judges and staff to ensure a smooth jury trial.

As one of 50 state winners, Brown earned $500 for her charity of choice — donated by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. Brown also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorService.com where her nomination story has been posted. As a state winner, Brown now will be considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award.

The Salute to Senior Service program was launched last year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors’ commitments to their causes and communities.

“Virginia represents so well the dedication and commitment that make senior volunteers such a value to their communities,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead Inc. “She has proven once again that age is meaningless when it comes to making a difference. So many charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities could not do the work they are doing without selfless volunteers such as Virginia.”

For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service program, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.

‘Dusty’s War’ a first-hand account of World War I

Lake Oswego author Ardis Stevenson has written a book called “Dusty’s War,” based on her father’s World War I diary and conversations.

“Dusty’sWar” details the challenges encountered by Chauncey Steven “Dusty” Miller Jr., a 24-year-old enlistee in the United States Army Air Service from 1917 to 1918. He joins the Army and the fight against the Huns more out of fear than courage but learns through the journey that fear is sometimes necessary in the fight for survival.

“It’s my latest book, although my dad and I wrote it back in 1983,” says Stevenson, a regular columnist for the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings. “It’s been in a binder for 30 years. My dad’s journey is full of excitement and being in the right place at the right time.”

“Dusty’s War’ is available as an eBook on Amazon.com or paperback version by contacting Stevenson directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..