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The AARP Foundation has been awarded a Challenge Grant for $500,000 by the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage baby boomer volunteers to provide critically-needed services for seniors and others affected by the hurricanes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
The project, called Partners for Independence: Restoring Hope for Seniors, is a collaborative partnership between AARP Foundation, the charity arm of AARP, and two prestigious non-profit organizations, Faith in Action and Rebuilding Together.
"Boomers make great volunteers because they have the time, experience and motivation to make a real difference," noted AARP Foundation Chair Jennie Chin Hansen. "As they move towards retirement, we expect this generation to become the most socially active and engaged group of retirees in history."
Each organization will use the Challenge Grant to motivate and grow their baby boomer volunteer base to help seniors affected by the hurricanes in rebuilding their lives by providing independent living services, home repair and modification, older worker training and placement and consumer education and assistance.
By December 2006, AARP Foundation expects that more than 1,300 new volunteers will have been recruited through AARP state offices and local affiliates of Faith in Action and Rebuilding Together. This volunteer workforce will be able to provide services to improve living conditions for over 12,000 seniors.
AARP Foundation will raise an additional $1 million from other sources as a match for the grant. For more information on AARP Foundation or to make a contribution, visit www.aarp.org/foundation.
The AARP Foundation is AARP's affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for people 50 and older at social and economic risk. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to re-join the workforce. Free tax preparation is provided for low- and moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Foundation's litigation staff protects the legal rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, consumer and employment situations. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP.