Helping Neighbors: Doris Gleason

By Leslie Moore

Helping Neighbors: Doris Gleason

Doris Gleason, AARP Community Outreach Director

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am originally from New York and, after living in Atlanta for 18 years, moved to Pawleys Island almost 10 years ago. I’ve been with AARP for 23 years and have held the position of Community Outreach Director for almost 11 years, coordinating a variety of events, presentations and educational programs statewide.

What is the last concert you attended? Tell us a little about it.

Wow – I believe the last concert I attended was Elise Testone at Brookgreen Gardens in 2013. It was a fabulous show; she’s a wonderful performer.

Actually, I’m more of a theatre buff; last year we saw ABBA and this year have tickets for The Bee Gees Story: Nights on Broadway. I feel like I’m dating myself, but I clearly remember my first concert of sorts – it was Billy Joel playing at a local bar in West Orange, New Jersey. He said he’d never go big…

What is your favorite “feel good” music? When your guests walk into your home for a dinner party, what kind of music is playing?

My taste in music varies dramatically; I love anything from oldies to jazz to Zac Brown or Walk the Moon. For a dinner party, I’d probably play some instrumental light jazz to kick off the evening and depending on the night that might change into some soft rock or beach music.

Do you play an instrument or sing? Did you take lessons growing up?

No and no. I play no instrument, can’t sing and never took a lesson. I did play a Billy goat in The Three Billy Goats Gruff in kindergarten, but it was just a braying role.

What’s coming up next with AARP’s community outreach, and how can our readers get involved?

Our next big project is September 18th – it’s called a “Stand Down” and it’s an event targeted to veterans, especially those without permanent housing or those at risk of losing their homes. It’ll be at the U.S. Army Reserve, 3392 Philips Boulevard in Market Common, beginning at 8 am and running until 2 pm. Setup is the day before, from 11am – 3 pm.

We provide no-cost access to address medical and dental needs, eyeglasses, mental health screenings, access to attorneys, showers and clean clothes, haircuts and two hot meals. We’ll also have over 40 agencies there to help sign folks up for services and plenty of non-perishable foods and army surplus goods, like sleeping bags, jackets, etc. to help make life a little easier for those living outside.

This is our second year and we’re hoping for 200 veterans – last year we served 153. It’s an event that will break your heart and make you laugh all in the same minute. It’s incredible to witness, and I’m so proud of everyone that turns out to help.

If folks want to volunteer or donate items such as non-perishable foods, underwear, socks or items for breakfast such as donuts, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, etc., they can contact me on my cell 803-873-2266 or email dgleason@aarp.org.

The AARP Myrtle Beach Veteran’s Stand Down will be held on September 18th in Market Common, from 8 am-2 pm. For more information about AARP, contact Doris or visit www.aarp.org.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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