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 NJ

  1. Volunteering

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    Grace Healthcare Services, a Hospice agency with patients throughout New Jersey, is seeking volunteers for the following areas: Pet Therapy, Knitting/crocheting for charity, Massage/Reiki/Reflexology, comfort and administrative/office volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to be a part of the team, which ... Read More

  2. Elders Need Helpers in Your Community: Volunteer to Help Seniors Today!

    Date: February 2, 2015 - March 31, 2015
    Where: NJ

    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 ... Read More

  3. General Construction

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    Our construction department is building most Tuesdays through Saturdays at various locations around Morris County. Our day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We work rain or shine, unless conditions are so severe that we cannot complete the planned work. You must be at least 16 to participate on an active build ... Read More

  4. Champion Youth Volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    Nonprofit Recreation Organization Seeking Volunteers! Champion Youth has been offering affordable, recreation programs to youth since 1986. We provide weekly classes of cheer, dance, self-defense, basketball, art and soccer, either during weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. We need volunteers (18+) to ... Read More

  5. Sponsor-A-Scholar Mentor in NJ

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    A mentor in the Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program is a supportive adult who serves as a role model, friend, and guide to a college-bound high school student. Mentors strive to expand opportunities for students by exposing them to new social, cultural, and educational experiences. Each mentor is matched with an ... Read More

  6. Help Others Make Sense of Medicare

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    For Volunteers aged 55 or older: Provide FREE, objective & confidential help to NJ Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about Medicare, Medigap, Medicare + Choice HMOs, and Long-Term Care insurance. Training is provided. Read More

  7. Tax-Aide Volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run FREE tax preparation and assistance service. And we want you to join us. Who will you help as a volunteer? Almost four out of five of the people who turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are 60 or older. Read More

  8. ClassWish Volunteering Opportunities

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    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

  9. OOIE Volunteer Advocate Program is seeking volunteers. Our Volunteer Advocates establish a visible presence within long-term care facilities to represent the needs and concerns of residents 60 years of age or older. After completing a 32-hour training program, advocates visit nursing facilities near their home ... Read More

  10. Volunteer with Driver Safety

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: NJ

    If youメre 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

  11. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Center (RSVP) Center of Essex and Hudson Counties is a comprehensive community service organization through JFS MetroWest NJ designed to mobilize members of the community who are 55 and older in giving back to their own neighborhoods through volunteer service within Essex and ... Read More

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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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School Supplies For Needy Children - Douglas Dockey Lancaster, PA

“I like to see people coming in with a bag of donations, and see that they’re happy about what they’re doing. It puts a smile on their faces and a smile on mine."

Read Douglas's Story

Book collection and distribution, Mary Jane H. Allen, TX

"It’s easy to match your interests and hobbies with what’s available in your community, but don’t be afraid to explore something a little different. Be adventuresome! Every volunteer opportunity is worthwhile."

Read Mary Jane's Story

Back to School Celebration - Jorge C. Cranston, RI

"A great author said “to serve others is the rent we pay for living on this earth." At the end of the day, what matters is the good that we have done with our lives."

Read Jorge's Story

Help for FL Teachers Hit By Hurricane Charley, Roland D. Baton Rouge, LA

“We really identified with the teachers in Florida – both as retired teachers and as residents of a coastal state that is affected by hurricanes and seasonal weather. We knew it could happen to us, and the next year it did.”

Read Roland's Story

Charity Newsies - Tom B. Columbus, OH

“In my first year of teaching, some of the children had what they called “Newsie clothes,” and I wasn’t really sure what that was. I did some research, and I joined the Charity Newsies the next year. I’ve been with the group for 49 years now. As a teacher, their cause is very close to my heart; no child should have to miss school because they don’t have adequate clothing. "

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Supporting Bayou La Batre Schools - Mattie S. Mobile, AL

“It was so gratifying to do something for this town, which had essentially been forgotten. Hurricane Katrina took such a toll on Bayou La Batre and residents’ livelihoods. They needed and deserved all the assistance we could offer them."

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Tools, Books and Backpacks Project - Joan D. Gaithersburg, MD

“We’re still continuing to contribute in a very meaningful way to the welfare of the students we so loved throughout our careers as educators."

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Klothes for Kids - Mindy F. Bensalem, PA

“One parent wrote to us that her daughter was so excited by her backpack that she couldn’t wait to go to school."

Read Mindy's Story

Showers of Scholars (SOS) - Janet A. Spartanburg, SC

“It doesn’t matter how old you are – we’re all life-long learners. The seniors participating in these projects are learning just as much as the children we’re helping."

Read Janet's Story

Supply Drive for Afghan Children - Iola D. New England, ND

“I know how difficult it is for children in other countries to get the school supplies they need, and I know that we made things a little easier for those students."

Read Iola's 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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