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Oct. 3-5, 2013

Georgia World
Congress Center

285 A Young Internat'l Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30313  Map


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Life@50+ Atlanta Community Day of Service
Project Descriptions

The following are the projects that AARP volunteers will support during the Community Day of Service at the 2013 Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Atlanta. Select any project name from the list below to learn more about it, then register to volunteer with us.

Atlanta Community Food Bank, Life@50+ Atlanta Day of Service

Atlanta Community Food Bank

When food needs to be inspected after it’s donated, where does it go? To the Food Bank’s Product Rescue Center! And there’s no way we could inspect, sort and pack all that food without volunteers. Constantly buzzing with activity, the Product Rescue Center (PRC) is the area of the Food Bank where all food drive and salvaged food items are brought to be inspected and packaged by volunteers for distribution to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies.


Food Bank trucks pick up goods from food drives, grocery stores and manufacturers and drop them off at the PRC every day. Teams of trained volunteers then inspect, sort and pack these goods. This area of operation is crucial as it ensures that retail, salvage and food drive donations will be safe and wholesome for distribution to people in need.


The PRC provides great hands-on experience in a diverse and social atmosphere. It's ideal for groups of up to 40 people ages 8 and up, as well as individuals, families and friends. Often, multiple groups and individuals are combined to form a single shift, offering the opportunity for your group to meet other groups interested in serving the community.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Packing Supplies/Green Project

AARP volunteers will play several roles in the sorting of food to be distributed to a variety of needy territories. Jobs will include unpacking food, checking for acceptability of expiration, nutrition, etc., while others will help in the packing of boxes for distribution.

Hartford logo



The Atlanta Community Food Bank project is being sponsored by The Hartford.



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Books for Africa, Life@50+ Atlanta Day of Service
Hands on Atlanta, Life@50+ Atlanta Day of Service

Books for Africa

Books are the foundation of learning and there are a multitude of people, especially children, who can benefit from used and old books.


Books For Africa: a simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa. Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 28 million books to 49 countries since 1988. In 2012, we shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand-new law libraries.


Founded in 1989, Hands On Atlanta (HOA) meets the critical needs in the local community through volunteer service and civil engagement. The organization has grown to one of the largest community-based volunteer service organization in the U.S. HOA works in tandem with a series of charities, making a significant impact on the effectiveness of community corporate service projects.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Sorting and Packing Supplies/Schools

Books for Africa is dedicated to utilizing quality new and used books for the use in schools in Africa. AARP Volunteers will assist with the task of organizing and sorting donated books by age levels using sorting carts.

New York Life, Life@50+ sponsor

The Books for Africa project is being sponsored by New York Life.


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Carver Boys & Girls Club

George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club is the oldest of the Boys & Girls Club in Metro Atlanta. It started as a Boys Club in 1945 and became a Boys & Girls Club in 1947, which was the same year the opening and dedicational ceremonies took place. It has been serving the youth of Kirkwood for over 63 years.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor and Outdoor Activity: Painting/Assembly/Light gardening

AARP volunteers will assemble picnic tables and paint table top games onto picnic tables; clean and organize the kitchen; dust and clean the trophy room; construct and paint 2 wooden cube benches for the game room; replant flowers, clearing planter boxes and replacing with fresh soil; paint newly constructed benches.


The Carver Boys & Girls Club project is being sponsored by Mentor Up.


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Clean the World One Project, AARP Life@50+ Day of Service event in Las Vegas

Clean the World

Clean the World Foundation Inc. was founded in February 2009 and has a two-part mission:


  • Collect and recycle soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry every day
  • Distribute these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, preventing some of the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses


Clean the World works with our hospitality partners to train their staff on the soap and shampoo recycling process. Bins are provided for housekeeping staff to deposit collected soap and shampoo bottles. Bins are picked up weekly by Clean the World staff. Online training videos and housekeeping instruction posters are also provided.


Since its inception, Clean the World has been steadily increasing its services and operations to accommodate rapidly expanding community needs, awareness and donations, and has accepted in-kind donations of more than $1,000,000. In the process, Clean the World has distributed over 12 million soap bars in 65 countries and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioners back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 750 tons of waste.


Clean the World’s ONE PROJECT unites the fortunate with the less fortunate in one project. One team supports one belief that one kit for one individual can change one life.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Packing Supplies/Green Project

AARP volunteers will work on-site at the Atlanta Convention to help assemble hygiene kits that will be donated to local and regional charities, schools and senior centers in the Atlanta.

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The Clean the World project is being sponsored by Allstate.


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DeKalb County Senior Center

The mission of the DeKalb County Senior Center is to maximize independence and enhance the quality of life for the growing number of seniors in the community through serving as a focal point for information and services. The center works to deliver a world-class program of services with emphasis on integrity, fairness, open communication and accessibility.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor and Outdoor Activity: Meal/Games/ Gardening

AARP volunteers will prepare and serve lunch to seniors; conduct a bingo game with prizes; clear overgrowth in landscape, plant azaleas, install raised flower bed, mulch.


The DeKalb County Senior Center project is being sponsored by Mentor Up.


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Kirkwood Urban Forest

The Kirkwood Urban Forest Community Garden is a unique space in that it is both a public conservation park and a community garden managed by members of the Kirkwood neighborhood in Atlanta. This seven-acre site features walking trails through hardwood trees, a spring-fed creek, a frog pond and a surprisingly lush ecosystem. It is supported by the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization, Park Pride and grants from a variety of sources.


We are focusing our efforts on sustainably transforming a former piece of neglected land into a lush and thriving diverse ecosystem. We welcome any who are interested in helping us reach our goal!


Morning Session – Outdoor Activity: Landscaping and Community Garden/Green Project

AARP volunteers will spread gravel for the Forest entrance; mulch the trail throughout the Forest; plant trees and/or plants on the park plateau.



The Kirkwood Urban Forest project is being sponsored by Mentor Up.


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Life@50+ Meal Packing Activity

All-Day Activity – Light Indoor Activity: Packaging Supplies/ Hunger Programs

The meal packing activity will take place on-site at the Atlanta Convention Center, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. AARP volunteers will help pack bakery, produce and nonperishable ready-to-eat meals to be collected and later served to members of the community seeking assistance in feeding their families. The activity will be divided into two-hour shifts that can accommodate up to 200 volunteers in each. AARP volunteers will participate in:


  • Senior Share
  • Weekend food bags
  • 40-pound pantry boxes


The goal of this project will be to pack 15,000 meals for the community. There will be three shifts: 


  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
AARP Foundation logo


 AARP Chase Credit Cards logo

The Life@50+ Meal Packing activity is being sponsored by AARP Foundation and AARP® Credit Cards from Chase.


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Hands on Atlanta, Life@50+ Atlanta Day of Service


MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the environment and health care through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved health care facilities in developing countries. Our shipments of medical supplies and equipment have brought healing and the promise of better lives to more than 85 countries and countless patients. MedShare is a top-ranked charity by Charity Navigator and is headquartered in Atlanta with a second distribution center in San Leandro, Calif.


Founded in 1989, Hands On Atlanta (HOA) meets the critical needs in the local community through volunteer service and civil engagement. The organization has grown to one of the largest community-based volunteer service organization in the U.S. HOA works in tandem with a series of charities, making a significant impact on the effectiveness of community corporate service projects.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Sorting and Packing Supplies/Medical

MedShare International is dedicated to recycling surplus medical supplies and equipment for use by health care institutions in developing countries. AARP volunteers are needed to organize, sort, package and process medical supplies for shipment overseas.

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Quality Care for Children, Life@50+ Atlanta Day of Service

Quality Care for Children

Quality Care for Children (QCC) is the resource for parents, child care providers and community leaders in Georgia seeking information, assistance and support in securing high quality early learning experiences for infants and young children. The mission of QCC is to ensure that Georgia’s infants and young children are nurtured and educated so that every child reaches his or her full potential.


Quality Care for Children provides support and training to child care providers so that they can improve the quality of their programs, and provides information and referrals to parents seeking quality child care placements for their children. We work to make sure that every child, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, receives a quality early learning experience.


Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor and Outdoor Activity: Gardening/Cleanup/Green Project

QCC will assist with Little House of Love Center and work with the AARP volunteers to undertake the improvements needed for cleaning, gardening or basic painting and improvements.

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Salvation Army, Life@50+ Atlanta Day of Service

Salvation Army

Since 1890, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command has had long-term experience in understanding the barriers that prevent economically disadvantaged populations from meeting their basic needs.


Many of the people we serve are on fixed incomes, earning minimum wage, supporting multiple family members on a single wage or simply not working at all. In particular, our nine Financial Emergency Service Centers, Red Shield Services and Transitional Housing Shelter, Residential Camping program, and three Boys and Girls Clubs serve people primarily living in poverty.


Even after two World Wars, the Great Depression and various world, local and national disasters, the Salvation Army continues to do the most good throughout Atlanta via many comprehensive and effective emergency and long-term assistance programs.


AARP volunteers can help further the work of the faith-based Salvation Army through several projects to help the following facilities:


  • The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
    This community center provides economically disadvantaged men, women and children with spiritual, social service, recreational and cultural activities that help to build character, stabilize families and restore confidence.

    Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Kitting/Cleaning and Organizing

    AARP volunteers will be assembling food pantry bags, and cleaning and organizing closets and office space.

  • Peachcrest Boys and Girls Club
    The purpose of the Peachcrest Club is to provide youth development services and to promote the health, physical, social, educational, vocational and character development of boys and girls in the Atlanta area.

    Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor and Outdoor Activity: Painting/General Facility upkeep
    AARP volunteers will paint the gym; paint a mural with mascot name; paint rails down to the football field.

  • The Red Shield Shelter
    The mission of Red Shield Shelter is to provide veterans and families a warm bed, a safe place to stay and two meals a day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Meals/Sorting/Organizing

    AARP volunteers will be preparing food, serving lunch, sorting donations and performing general cleaning/organizing.

  • The Salvation Army Warehouse
    Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Packing Supplies/Assembly

    AARP volunteers will be stuffing backpacks with school supplies.

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