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Hastings resident Sharlene Geraghty is honored by AARP

by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer

 She has been organizing the volunteers and assisting others with her tax knowledge for years through the Hastings Area Senior Center. Now, Sharlene Geraghty is being recognized for her community service efforts.

Geraghty is the AARP Foundation’s 2013 Andrus Award for Community Service honoree.  She generously gives her time and shares her talents with the people of her community as the Tax Aide District Coordinator in Hastings. Early each year, she recruits and organizes volunteers, ensuring their training is up to date and schedules times for the tax help.  

She is also very active serving people in need with various organizations, such as Ronald McDonald House, Hastings Area Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

“I volunteer to give back, meet new people and keep my brain and body active,” she said.

She is grateful to her peers for the nomination and also would like to thank the Hastings Senior Center for making all the Tax Aide volunteers welcome and comfortable.  

Each year AARP honors the legacy of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, its most prestigious and visible state volunteer award. This annual state award honors those individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.   

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide now involves more than 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.6 million taxpayers annually at nearly 6,000 sites nationwide. At the Hastings Area Senior Center, local volunteers assist low-to-moderate income taxpayers free of charge, with special attention to those 60 and older.  Starting Feb. 1, Hastings Area Senior Center, at 310 River St., will begin making appointments at 651-480-7689.