AARP’s annual Life@50+ National Event & Expo is off to a great start this morning with volunteer efforts throughout a sunny New Orleans, the city so devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago that it is still in need of rebuilding help.
Hundreds of AARP members are visible all around the city as they arrive for the fun of the next three days, but today’s kick-off is all about volunteering. Among the hundreds going out to a variety of sites are AARP President Rob Romasco and, AARP’s Community Ambassador James “JB” Brown and AARP Fitness Ambassador Dan Marino, who are rebuilding homes with Habitat for Humanity; others are landscaping, constructing community gardens and working in an edible school yard, and taking part in many efforts that will leave a lasting physical impact on the beautiful Big Easy.
While they are working outside, hundreds more AARP volunteers are packing supplies, working in hunger programs, art projects and senior activities, as well as mentoring those in need.
All the volunteers will have a chance to reward themselves for a hard day’s work when the expo floor in Morial Convention Center opens from 3 to 9 p.m. today for all attendees. There will be music, informational booths and tons of freebies — a good beginning to the next two days full of inspiring celebrity speakers, a Movies for Grownups filmfest, and a Saturday night concert featuring Stevie Nicks, Gladys Knight and Melissa Etheridge.
Follow the day activities on Twitter using hashtag #lifeat50.