11/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

AARP's Create The Good Promotes Public Service

The growing group of sites committed to encouraging public service welcomed another member last week with AARP's new website,

The site features a directory of volunteer opportunities, ability to upload your own service projects, and suggestions on how even those with limited time can "create the good." AARP has partnered with and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to place a continued emphasis on public service. The site launched on September 11th, coinciding with the National Day of Service, the culmination of the White House's United We Serve campaign.

Create The Good also tracks progress on specific projects. For example, the site tracks the number of people who have signed up for a walking group, burning over five million calories thus far. Each of these projects details how to get started with a How-To video from Howcast.

The video below describes how to effectively use Create The Good.

All one has to do is type a zip code into the front page and Create The Good provides a handy map of service projects in that area. There are over 100 volunteer opportunities in Santa Monica alone:

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