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 VA

  1. Hospice Volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Heartland Hospice in Newport News is look for Volunteers! We serve the Peninsula area including Williamsburg, Gloucester, Poquoson, Hampton, Yorktown, and Newport News. Volunteer opportunities are on an ongoing and continuous basis, and they include visiting with patients, assisting in our office, becoming a ... Read More

  2. Bilingual Life Reimagined Guide

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Become a trained Life Reimagined guide to help members of your community uncover their own special gifts, connect with people who can support them, and explore new directions. If you are a retired teacher, life coach, facilitators/trainers/educators or simply passionate about making a difference in the lives of ... Read More

  3. Christmas Stockings - Like To Sew??

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Small, local nonprofit looking for volunteers to sew Christmas Stockings. Stockings are filled and distributed to underprivileged children between the ages of 5 and 12. Organization supplies material (cut out) - they just need your time (and a little thread!). Read More

  4. ClassWish Volunteering Opportunities

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    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

  5. Volunteer Trainers Needed

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    AARP Virginia is seeking articulate, experienced professionals who would be willing to speak to groups on topics aligning with AARP's Mission. Read More

  6. As the young women in your life enter adulthood, they need the guidance and answers that only someone who has experience can offer. That's where you, as the mother and future grandmother, come in. The Grandmothers Campaign is a call to action for all grandmothers to help reduce infant mortality and make sure that ... Read More

  7. Fraud Watch Network Facilitator

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Become a trained Fraud Watch volunteer to help members of your community safeguard themselves against identity theft and fraud ヨ join the team of Fraud Watch volunteers today! AARP is arming Virginians with the tools they need to spot and avoid fraud and scams so they can protect themselves and their families. ... Read More

  8. representative payee volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    The RRCSB Protective Money Management Program manages finances for low income seniors and persons with a disability in 5 Virginia counties - Rappahannock, Culpeper, Orange, Fauquier and Madison. You must be good with finances and budgeting, have fast internet access and decent computer skills. We do a full ... Read More

  9. representative payee volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    The RRCSB Protective Money Management Program manages finances for low income seniors and persons with a disability in 5 Virginia counties - Rappahannock, Culpeper, Orange, Fauquier and Madison. You must be good with finances and budgeting, have fast internet access and decent computer skills. We do a full ... Read More

  10. Hospice Volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Impact another suffering from terminal illness with your companionship & support to patients and their families as a volunteer for Medi Home Health & Hospice. Help with house keeping, errands, or with simple conversation and your presence. Visits with patients last 1-4 hours per week depending upon your schedule ... Read More

  11. Did you know that transportation is a top need of cancer patients - and you can help? For many cancer patients, getting to and from treatment is one of their toughest challenges. The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers to provide rides to treatment for people with cancer. For more than 30 years, ... 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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