PB's Charles is nominee for AARP award

Amanda Charles of Pine Bluff was among the nominees for AARP Arkansas’ 2013 Andrus State Award for Community Service.

Each nominee and the award recipients were honored during AARP Arkansas’ 2013 Andrus Award and Volunteer Appreciation Gala, held recently at the Grand Hall of the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.

The Andrus Award is recognizes individuals who improved their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer.

Charles does volunteer work with the Jefferson County RSVP, which honored her with a 2012 Community Service Award. She also has volunteered for many years with Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful that focuses on building partnerships to increase the impact of community beautification efforts. She also has volunteered at the American Red Cross, the 4-H Club and nursing homes.

Andrus Award nominees are nominated by their peers and the award recipient is chosen by a special selection committee consisting of AARP volunteer leaders. Jack Harris of Searcy received this year’s Andrus Award.