As an organization that was founded on serving others, AARP strives to provide service to those 50+, including its members . Following the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001 AARP became even more committed toward making a difference in communities across the nation. Out of that commitment came what is now affectionately known as AARP Day of Service and Remembrance.
Since that first day of service event AARP has promoted activities that get AARP staff and members to rededicate themselves to serving others. The projects selected have been intended to cause staff and members to reflect upon those within their community who are either less fortunate, or on how to provide a significant benefit to a particular segment of the community. Since 2002 AARP staff, volunteers and other supporters have come together to put their energies, talents and dedication into projects that could make a significant difference in the lives of others.
Some of the day of service events over the years in the Virgin Islands have included projects where volunteers and staff on all three islands: cleaned up the grounds adjacent to homes for the elderly; read to school children in the public schools; conducted pedestrian surveys of high traffic intersections on each island to help reduce pedestrian fatalities; and conducted public transportation audits that could help low income and disabled individuals advocate for expansions in bus service.
Each of these projects offered AARP members and staff located in the Virgin Islands the opportunity to do something meaningful within their own communities. The projects tapped into the passions felt by Virgin Islands volunteers while simultaneously providing a service, either directly to a group of individuals or to the betterment of the territory as a whole.
Expanding on the day of service concept, nationally AARP developed the Create the Good® website. Under CTG, AARP is taking the successes and commitment it has with its volunteers, activists and organizers and moving it to the next level. Through this online portal, AARP wants to encourage and engage individuals to more frequently and more deeply become committed to the needs of their community. Because AARP recognizes that there is a new spirit of service sweeping through the country, it wanted to empower volunteers of all ages by creating a central point where they can identify ongoing projects within their community via a searchable online database.
At this website volunteers can find a project that suits their passions, skills and schedule. AARP urges everyone, whether they have 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days to get involved in supporting Create the Good® on an ongoing basis within their respective communities.
The 2010 Day of Service is rapidly approaching and AARP VI will sponsor a school supplies drive as this year’s territorial project. It is our hope that our members and volunteers of all ages will take the opportunity to join us in making a difference of their own Sept. 14, during this special event. Come back to this website in August to get all the details on how you can help us give back in the VI.
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