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May 8-10, 2014

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

415 Summer St.

Boston, MA 02210

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Life@50+ Boston Community Day of Service
Project Descriptions

The following are the projects that AARP volunteers supported during the Community Day of Service at the 2014 Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston. Select any project name from the list below to learn more about it.

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Cradles to Crayons

The mission of Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is to provide — free of charge — low-income and homeless children from birth to preteen with the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. It also sets a foundation for lasting change through the meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities provided to thousands of youths and adults each year.

 

C2C serves as the glue between communities that have and communities that need. It makes it simple for children, families and corporations to give their time, treasures and talent to benefit children in their community. By partnering with social service agencies for distribution, C2C has a direct channel to serve tens of thousands of children in need each year.

 

Morning Session – Light Indoor Activity: Giving Factory

Volunteers worked in the “Giving Factory,” inspecting, sorting and packaging donated children’s clothing, toys, books and other items for community agencies on behalf of families in need. Volunteers also “shopped” to fulfill orders for kids, or sorted books, baby stuff or shoes.

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Greater Boston Food Bank

Greater Boston Food Bank

Founded in 1981, the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and is part of the America's Second Harvest National Network, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization. GBFB serves as a nonprofit clearinghouse for food donated by the private sector to help feed the hungry. They employ 55 people and utilize the services of 10,500 volunteers annually to acquire, inspect, sort, store and distribute enormous quantities of food. Their network of 700+ hunger-relief agencies distributes nearly 24 million pounds of food annually and feeds more than 87,000 people weekly.

 

Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Food Packing

Volunteers inspected, sorted and packaged donated grocery products that were then distributed to hunger-relief agencies. All volunteers were trained in food safety at the beginning of the activity. Volunteers worked together as a team on an assembly line. Some volunteers loaded boxes onto conveyer belts, other volunteers inspected products, others sorted products and others checked and labeled boxes. Once volunteers got into a rhythm, it was a lot of fun and very productive experience.

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Kit Clark Senior Services

Kit Clark Senior Services

Kit Clark Senior Services has helped older adults in Greater Boston live with dignity and independence in the community since 1974. Named after Dorchester community activist Catherine (Kit) Forbes Clark, Kit Clark has an integrated continuum of services that provide support for about 4,000 elders each year.

 

Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Painting

Volunteers prepared and painted the kitchen and surrounding walls that were in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. 

 

Morning Session – Light Indoor Activity: Mind Power Kits

Current research shows that a combination of healthful habits, including keeping the brain active and stimulated, improves quality of life and may even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers assembled kits of games, puzzles and other resources to increase brain vitality along with information for making connections to local and online resources.

 

Morning Session – Light Indoor Activity: Decorative Tile Mosaics

Volunteers decorated 4-inch by 4-inch tiles with beautiful photographs, inspiring quotes or other images, preserved them with Mod Podge and finished them so they can be used as coasters or as small wall hangings.

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AARP Convention Center Projects

AARP sponsored the following projects within the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center:

 

Morning Session – Light to Moderate Indoor Activity: Bed Building

According to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, thousands of Greater Boston children do not have a bed of their own. Instead, they share a bed or sleep on the floor or on a couch, which affects their self-esteem, ability to learn and likelihood of graduating from high school. Volunteers built and painted toddler beds that will go to children of families transitioning out of homelessness into stable housing.

 

Benefiting agency partners include The Wish Project, Project Hope, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and St. Vincent’s Club/Chelsea Health Center.

 

Morning Session – Light Indoor Activity: Mind Power Kits

Research shows that a combination of healthful habits, including keeping the brain active and stimulated, improves quality of life and may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers assembled kits of games, puzzles and other resources to increase brain vitality along with information for making connections to local and online resources.

 

Benefiting agency partners include Kit Clark Senior Services.

 

Morning Session – Light Indoor Activity: Springtime Joy Gift Bags

Volunteers rotated through a series of activities to create items that were then packaged together as Springtime Joy Gift Bags for hundreds of local seniors:

 

  • Decorating pots and planting seeds – Plants in the home have been found to lift spirits, reduce depression and improve health. In this activity, volunteers decorated flower pots and then fill them with potting soil and hardy seedlings.
  • Decorative tiles – Volunteers decorated 4-inch by 4-inch tiles with beautiful photographs, inspiring quotes or other images, preserved them with Mod Podge and finished them so they can be used as coasters or as small wall hangings.
  • Letter writing – Volunteers handwrote uplifting notes that were then enclosed in each gift bag with the potted plants and decorative tiles.

 

Benefiting agency partners include Kit Clark Senior Services.

 

Morning Session – Light Indoor Activity: Learning Aids

Generations Incorporated improves the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3 by engaging older adults as literacy volunteers in partner schools and after-school programs in low-income communities. Volunteers rotated through a series of activities to create learning aids for the children served by Generations Inc.

 

  • Lap desks – Volunteers used precut wood, foam, fabric and glue to create attractive and durable lap desks for children who do not have a comfortable space to do homework and other activities requiring a sturdy flat surface.
  • Book preservation – Volunteers used Mylar protective overlays to preserve the life of hundreds of new children’s books. For many of the children, this will be the first or one of the very few books they own.
  • Flash cards – Volunteers assembled age-appropriate flash-card sets for children pre-K to Grade 3, including “sight word” sets of 100 specific words that have been shown to dramatically improve a child’s ability to read and comprehend.

 

Benefiting agency partners include Generations Incorporated.

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