FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 16, 2012
AARP Media Relations
AARP Foundation Giving $1.3 Million to Communities Hit Hardest by Superstorm Sandy
Need for Aid Still Exists; Continued Giving Urged
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the overwhelming devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, AARP Foundation established the AARP Foundation Relief Fund and will give the nearly $1.3 million already raised to select organizations working to support victims and communities impacted by the storm, including organizations dedicated to serving older adults. Donations will be given nationally to the American Red Cross and locally to organizations in these seven states: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island.
AARP and AARP Foundation encourage people to continue to donate to the relief fund in an ongoing effort to earn AARP’s match of contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $750,000, raising the potential contribution to the relief effort by AARP and AARP Foundation to as much as $1.5 million.
“People have really stepped up to give to this effort and help those devastated by the storm. However the need is still great, and we urge you to continue to contribute so that we can maximize your donations and deploy the funds immediately to people in communities who are still struggling to recover,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation President. “We are asking people to give as quickly as they can with a goal of reaching AARP’s $750,000 commitment to match donations dollar-for-dollar.”
Donating through the AARP Foundation Relief Fund’s secure web site ensures 100 percent of tax-deductible donations will be used to help the victims of this disaster. To donate to the AARP Foundation Relief Fund now, please go to: www.aarp.org/disasterrelief.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.