Jean Mathisen was awarded The Andrus Award for Community Service for Washington state on Saturday, October 26, 2019 by Doug Shadel, AARP Washington State Director.
This award is named for Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP. According to AARP, “The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals age 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talents, and skills to enrich the lives of others.” Doug says the decision was based on Jean’s volunteer work for AARP Fraud Watch Network, for Island Senior Resources as a SHIBA volunteer, and other volunteer work she has done over the past year with the League of Women Voters (researching need and availability of services for homeless residents of Whidbey Island) and at her church, Trinity Lutheran.
AARP Washington was especially generous in providing Jean with the opportunity to name an organization of her choice to receive a donation of $2,000. Jean chose Island Senior Resources to receive this incredible gift. We are so lucky to have Jean— no one deserves this award more than she does.