“The Miami Dolphins and AARP Foundation are committed to helping low-income older adults in South Florida,” AARP Foundation president Lisa Marsh Ryerson said. “More than 1 in 5 Miami-Dade seniors struggle with poverty. Extending our relationship means more opportunities to lend a helping hand through volunteer efforts in the community. Giving back to the people of South Florida enriches the lives of both those in need and those who volunteer, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve.” At the Million Meal Pack, more than 5,000 energetic volunteers worked an assembly line, combining ingredients and vitamins, to collectively make one million nutritious meals of rice and beans. The volunteers donated their time to help those less fortunate. The event included a Community Festival that inspired participants to look for opportunities to continue to serve their senior neighbors.
“This event year in and year out continues to grow and the impact is felt through the energy of the more than 5,000 volunteers working collaboratively together to serve our community,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “We are excited to continue our mutual partnership with AARP Foundation and are grateful for their investment in the South Florida community.”
AARP Foundation will continue to grow its leadership position within the Miami Dolphins volunteerism platform and utilize the army of Special Teams volunteers to help execute the abundant service efforts in South Florida. AARP Foundation and the Miami Dolphins share a passion for volunteerism, engagement and action. Designating AARP Foundation as the presenting sponsor of Special Teams—the largest volunteer program in the NFL—best aligns those values moving forward.
The agreement will continue to positively impact the South Florida region in an effort to help older adults facing challenges with hunger, isolation, income and housing needs through targeted and customized events to address these issues.