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AARP: Take A Stand on Social Security

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aarp logoSocial Security is one of the most important programs in our nation, holding the health, happiness and well-being for people of all ages. As people become older and are living longer, they are more likely to outlive other forms of retirement income. The Social Security program not only provides monthly benefits to retired workers but also to families when the worker retires, dies or becomes disabled.

AARP’s national accountability campaign “Take a Stand” is well underway in Florida, and our staff and volunteers are working hard to pressure candidates into telling voters how they would update Social Security for the 21st century and keep the promise for future generations. We want our leaders to make Social Security a priority and to put serious proposals on the table. If lawmakers fail to take action, Social Security benefits could be reduced by 25 percent by 2034, and future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year in benefits.

With Election Day less than two months away, the candidates are hunting for your vote, and as they roll out the same speeches and sound bites, it seems like many have forgotten what’s really at stake here: Your money, your future, and the futures of your children and grandchildren.

As things continue to heat up right here in the nation’s grayest state, Florida, it’s our turn to keep the pressure on. Are you ready to take action and do your part? With offices across the state, there are more ways than one for you to get involved. We are looking for potential volunteers who could help us “Take a Stand” by:

— Attending a local open house
— Participating in a member to member outreach
— Hosting a coffee/event in their local neighborhood
— Attending a presidential and congressional candidate event

You can also volunteer in the comfort of your own home by writing a letter to the editor or local official, or through social media. That’s right, social media.

Not only is social media a great way to stay in touch with friends and family online, but it’s also an excellent way to help raise awareness for a certain cause, issue, or campaign, such as Take a Stand.

Throughout the past several weeks, we have been traveling across the state, hosting a series of social media workshops.

We are helping people of all ages understand the relevancy of Facebook and Twitter, and how it relates to success in our Take a Stand Florida work, and we are teaching them how to engage with Take a Stand on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and how they can help with social media at community events. Best of all, attendees can apply the social media skills they learn to not only volunteering, but they can use them in their personal lives as well.

Join us as we continue down this journey to Social Security solvency.

Together, we can make history. Our doors are always open for you, so visit one of our offices today.

St. Petersburg
400 Carillon Pkwy, #100
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Contact: Lance Orchid at LOrchid@AARP.org

Tampa
3309 West Bay to Bay Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629
Contact: Chris Chase at CChase@AARP.org

Orlando
940 Centre Circle, Suite 2000
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Contact: Roger Harris at RHarris@AARP.org

Broward
5725 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
Contact: Lisa Aronson at LAronsons@AARP.org

For more information about Take a Stand, visit takeastand.AARP.org or join our campaign by signing up here. You can also tweet to us @AARPFL and follow us on our Facebook page.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; the AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50 + educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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