Equipped to Learn Campaign

The Equipped to Learn campaign provides children with much needed school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Raise your hand to get involved. Donate supplies, start a supply drive, or help a student in as little as 5 minutes.

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AARP State-Wide Opportunities

These opportunities occur throughout DC

  1. Help A Military and Veterans Charity

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: DC

    The National Remember Our Troops Campaign is looking for a few good people There are several ways you can help: This is Volunteer-From-Home. Anywhere in the USA. Court Ordered Service Okay To learn more, please visit: http://www.nrotc.org/volunteer.htm (If the link does not work, just copy and paste) Read More

  2. Welcome Home Reentry Program Mentoring - Each year approximately 20,000 persons in our region return home from serving their time in prison. Most of these men and women will experience great difficulty in managing basic necessities for successful reintegration: finding work and housing, reunifying with family, ... Read More

  3. ClassWish Volunteering Opportunities

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: DC

    Improve Schools for Children in Your Community - Volunteer With ClassWish.org We seek dedicated volunteers from anywhere in the country to help on a bold education nonprofit that will improve education for children in their communities. Now, you can volunteer: *online or in-person *on your own schedule *to ... Read More

  4. Monitor House and Senate hearings and federal agency hearings on topics related to biofuels and advanced biofuels. Possibly attend other events such as local conferences as a representative of Advanced Biofuels USA. Write reports on hearings and events for organization use and for possible online publication. ... Read More

  5. Act Local, Think Global! Join Oxfam Action Corps in D.C.!

    Date: April 1, 2015 - June 1, 2016
    Where: DC

    Oxfam America seeks qualified individuals for volunteer leadership positions in a grassroots advocacy and organizing project, the Oxfam Action Corps. The Oxfam Action Corps is a nonpartisan volunteer initiative whose purpose is to inform, inspire, and mobilize public support for policies to end hunger, poverty, and ... Read More

  6. Volunteer with Driver Safety

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: DC

    If you are passionate about safety, enjoy helping others and strive to make your community a better place, then AARP Driver Safety would like to meet you. AARP Driver Safety, the nationメs first and largest older driver safety initiative, is recruiting unpaid volunteers to instruct, coordinate and promote its ... Read More

  7. JOBS Mentoring - The JOBS Program (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) is committed to train, mentor and coach those who are unemployed and homeless in basic life and occupational skills to enable them to obtain and retain employment and housing. Mentors must be at least 25 years of age and have a minimum of 5 ... Read More

  8. Holiday Bell Ringer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: DC

    The Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corp is seeking volunteer bell ringers for their Red Kettle Christmas Drive. Our red kettles are located at store-fronts throughout Washington DC, Silver Spring, and Bethesda. Bell ringing hours are Monday--Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. All ages are welcome to ring, ... Read More

  9. Front Desk Greeters

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: DC

    FRONT DESK GREETERS perform a variety of public relations tasks. Iona's front desk team are part of the public face of DC's most respected senior services non profit organzation. Our Greeters: Provide information to visitors about Iona's services. Guide guests to meetings, classes and day program. Make ... Read More

  10. Improve Schools for Children in Your Community - Volunteer With ClassWish.org We seek dedicated volunteers from anywhere in the country to help on a bold education nonprofit that will improve education for children in their communities. Now, you can volunteer: *online or in-person *on your own ... Read More

  11. Elders Need Helpers in the DC Community: Volunteer to Help Seniors Today!

    Date: February 2, 2015 - April 1, 2015
    Where: DC

    Volunteer to help elders for the activities you enjoy, on a schedule that works best for you. Go to www.ElderHelpers.org to create a volunteer profile and start today! Providing help with shopping, giving rides, entertaining, reading, cleaning, cooking, gardening and handiwork. Volunteering Opportunities in ALL ... Read More

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Create The Good is committed to helping people give back even if they only have 5 minutes. For the Equipped To Learn campaign we have compiled a list of ideas related to youth, school supplies, and education that take as little as 5 minutes.

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Our friends at NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community (which was started by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP founder) put together this list of 100 ways to volunteer with youth. So download the list and pick out what attracts you most. And remember we would love to hear about your experience, so please come back and share your story.

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Why School Supplies? Why Now?

With high unemployment, and more than 30 million students enrolled in free and reduced meal programs, families are struggling. Many children are unprepared for school because their families can’t afford to purchase notebooks, pens, and other supplies their kids need to be effective. In addition, schools across the country are facing budget cuts and lack of funding to purchase necessary supplies.

To help children be better prepared for school and to help ease the burden on families and schools, Create The Good’s Equipped to Learn campaign is reaching out to members and volunteers nationwide to help collect supplies, either individual donations or through school supply drives, and distribute them to local schools prior to September 11th, the National Day of Service.

The commitment of AARP to get involved in creating social change in local communities began with Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the founder of AARP and NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community, formerly known as the National Retired Teachers Association. Dr. Andrus spent her youth and young adult years in Chicago and was a volunteer at several local Settlement Houses. Later, she would become the first woman high school principal in the State of California where she served at the same low-income high school in an immigrant community for 28 years. She understood the needs of communities and the importance of supporting education.

NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community shares a commitment to learning, voluntary service, and civic participation. More than a decade ago, the organization formed the With Our Youth! program to provide volunteer opportunities for community service projects with youth. For the first three years of the program, NRTA made a pledge to serve 1.5 million youth in 2,000 communities with a total of 45 million service hours through its affiliated state retired educators associations (REAs). The goal was met and exceeded.

Because of our roots as an organization, our member interest in youth, and the continuing cuts in school budgets across the country, Create The Good is focusing its efforts on the Equipped to Learn campaign, providing children with much needed school supplies. And to get a better understanding of the needs of schools throughout the country, AARP is collaborating with the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation on this campaign.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation supports principals in their important role to prepare students to reach their highest potential. For more than 30 years, NAESP Foundation has operated as the tax exempt, charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), a professional association.  NAESP, founded in 1921, is a national organization serving all elementary and middle level principals.  NAESP has outreach to more than 75,000 pre-k-8 principals and more than 1,000 superintendents across the nation and serves as a "lifeline" to principals in need.

In 2010, people like you helped over 20,000 students in 44 states through this project. Wow!

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