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Paula Hart one of 10 nonprofit heads among Minnesota’s 50 Over 50

(Minneapolis, August 15) – -- AARP Minnesota and Pollen announced today that Paula Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin, is among the 2017 “50 Over 50” in Minnesota.

“I am honored to be recognized among such an outstanding group of Minnesota leaders,” Hart said after the announcement. “I share this honor with all 800 colleagues at Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin, who help people gain self-reliance, dignity and hope every day.”

Paula Hart assumed her role in June, 2011, leading more than 800 employees and 1,600 volunteers. The organization manages housing and dining services for older adults and people with special needs; provides schools, mental health clinics and treatment centers that bring hope to children, youth and families; and operates residential reentry facilities and other corrections-based services that promote self-reliance for adults and youth.

“We are inspired by the people we serve. The organizational awareness we gain from this honor will help ensure that our care is exceptional,” Hart added.

AARP Minnesota and Pollen will present the awards at an October 17 event. This year’s honorees were chosen by a group of 10 community leaders from throughout Minnesota who emulate the qualities for the distinction. Like Paula, they inspire others with their work, they challenge outdated beliefs, and they’ve made an impact on their community and the people who live there.

Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin thanks AARP Minnesota – an organization with more than 650,000 members in Minnesota – and Pollen – an online community of 10,000 actively engaged civic-connectors, entrepreneurs, community-builders, and up-to-somethingers – for their collaborative leadership in this worthwhile initiative to show Minnesota the true face of aging—vibrant, experienced, dedicated individuals who are making an impact in our state and show no signs of slowing down.