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. Tax-Aide Volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    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

  2. Spend a few hours helping keep our homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues beautiful on the inside and out. We're looking for a team of 10-15 (or more!) folks to help with a variety of property management projects including tasks such as yard work, landscaping, organizing, ... Read More

  3. Dance Teacher/Manager

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Dancing is a pure form of self-expression. It forces one to become familiar with their body via mind, body and spirit. Confiance Dance allows all children to have dance classes available to them for free. Children are able to have a fun extracurricular environment where they can go learn from others and learn ... Read More

  4. Volunteer with Driver Safety

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    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

  5. Read-Aloud Volunteers Needed -- Visits shelters on a monthly basis to read to children as well as engage them in activities. Each shelter has a designated weekly team, so the volunteer requirement is generally one hour per month in the evening. These volunteers will need to attend volunteer orientation, have ... Read More

  6. Deliverer of Meals on Wheels

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    We have an opportunity in the City of Suffolk and the Isle of Wight County region for Volunteers to give back to the community by delivering meals to recipients who cannot get out and purchase or prepare their own meals. We also deliver SMILES. Read More

  7. CATCH Healthy Habits Volunteer

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Help improve the health and well-being of children, grades K- 5, through nutritional and physical education. Engage children in healthy habits (and fun!) while fostering relationships in a variety of after-school and summer camp settings. Read More

  8. Farm Volunteers Needed!

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Our mission: Through the efforts of thousands of volunteers, we 'answer the cries of children' most at risk for health issues by raising fresh vegetables and fruit on The Farm. "Feed Thy Neighbor" Volunteers are needed for farm and field work, office work, etc. Read More

  9. 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. Read More

  10. Nobel Prize media Library

    Date: Ongoing
    Where: VA

    Volunteer for Nobel Prize media Library - Digital, Global, Multilingual, Interactive, Nonprofit Library. Scientist, Writer, Librarian, Patent researcher, Teacher any level, Attorney, Computer scientist, Finance, Biographer, Legal assistant Secretary, Fund raiser, Artist, Immigration Historian, Physicist, Chemist, ... Read More

  11. The Annandale Adult Day Health Care Center needs a volunteer to play chess with participants in the afternoon. Contact Fairfax County's Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186, VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov , or visit Volunteer Solutions at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and ... Read More

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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."

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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.”

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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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