Points of Light Installs Newest Medallion at The Extra Mile


Points of Light formally installed the newest medallion at The Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C., celebrating the life and service of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP. The Extra Mile is the only national monument created and dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism and America's belief in the power of individuals to make a different in the world.

Extra MileThe Extra Mile was created and is owned by Points of Light and honors those, like Dr. Andrus, who selflessly championed causes to help others realize a better America. Artur Davis, a member of the Points of Light's board, was joined by AARP Board Chairman Phil Zarlengo to make the formal presentation of the medallion.

"Points of Light is committed to extending the idea of empowering effective people to use voluntary action to create positive change in our communities," said Davis. "The work of Dr. Andrus, and the other 32 inductees of The Extra Mile, lives on through this monument and inspires young people to become the future leaders of the service sector."


Dr. Andrus founded AARP in 1958, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and older have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. Today, more than nine million people engage in AARP's work as volunteers, donors and activists.

"Ethel conducted her life according to the motto, 'To serve, not to be served,' words that continue to guide AARP's work to this day," said Zarlengo. "She believed in 'purposeful activity' and that good-will service to others is the elixir of life."

The Extra Mile brings to life the stories of great Americans, who through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others and built their dreams into great movements that helped people across America. President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush dedicated the monument on Oct. 14, 2005; since then 33 honorees have been inducted into The Extra Mile.