George Smith, speaking at a Coastline event during the spring of 2019.

George Smith has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2020 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.

AARP Massachusetts selected Smith for his remarkable service and his extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of others throughout the Commonwealth. His efforts have greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.

Known for his incredible energy and warm personality, this life‐long resident of New Bedford has made a tremendous difference in the lives of New Bedford’s citizens, the elderly and the disabled, by setting a sterling example of what retirement can look like by devoting his time and energy to volunteering in the community.

Smith volunteers for the New Bedford Age-Friendly Steering Committee, MA Senior Action Council, and Coastline Elderly Services, among many others. The award will be formally presented to Smith on a future date.

“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

George Smith (center, standing) at a Coastline volunteer recognition event held in December 2018.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.