Volunteering has enriched my own life. I enjoy what I do. It gives me purpose in my everyday.
Mary Bach is a long-time independent consumer advocate, who now Chairs the AARP Pennsylvania Consumer Issues Task Force. As a volunteer, she is spreading AARP's message about preventing fraud against older consumers.
Mary was born in Savannah, Georgia and went to college in Washington D.C. She return to Georgia to continue her studies, where she met her husband of 50 years. Mary began her career as a school teacher, but in 1971 resigned from her job as there was no maternity leave available in her school district.
“I am a teacher at heart,” said Mary. “So once I stopped teaching I sought opportunities to provide information to adults and hopefully better their daily lives.”
She became passionate about consumer issues. First, it was delivering shopping and couponing tips to adults. From there, Mary found herself convincing grocery trade publications to let her write consumer advice columns that garnered her attention. Before long, Mary became an expert in thwarting deceptive telemarketers. She did this all on a volunteer basis.
Mary has been on the forefront of telemarketing issues since and was instrumental in the passage of the Pennsylvania Do Not Call legislation. She has taken her knowledge to many television outlets including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Donahue, and Dateline. She has also been featured in the pages of Good Housekeeping, Business Week, Money Magazine, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. All her work has been done simply to help others.
“Many people have a spirit of giving back and wanting to utilize their time in a very worthwhile way,” said Mary. “It is so important to help others. Yet it also has enriched my own life. I enjoy what I do. It gives me purpose in my everyday life.”
Mary and her husband Len, who will be joining her on the cruise, have two children and four grandchildren they love visiting with in their spare time.