AARP will celebrate a re-opening of their Lakewood, Calif., Service Center next week following the purchase of the facility used by the organization since 1985. The building houses AARP's treasury, mail, information technology, purchasing, human resources, facilities and member response operations. AARP's purchase of the previously leased building promises to keep nearly 300 jobs in Lakewood for years to come.
"This purchase reinforces our commitment to keep our veteran staff members here in Lakewood, rather than outsourcing," said AARP president-elect Jennie Chin Hansen. "As owners, AARP can continue to customize the facilities to meet our future needs and better help our members."
Lakewood Vice-Mayor Diane DuBois will deliver remarks at the February 26 ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility. Along with the Vice-Mayor and Chin Hansen, City Councilman Joseph Esquivel and senior AARP executives, including Board Member Leo Estrada, Chief Financial Officer Rob Hagans, Member Value Group Executive Officer Shereen Remez and Treasurer Jack Ellison will be on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Lakewood staff. Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with a noon luncheon for staff and guests.
AARP has leased the 142,000 square foot Lakewood Service Center since 1985. In October 2006, the organization exercised its right of purchase, acquiring the building from Lakewood California Investors for $32.6 million. The purchase gives AARP the flexibility to continue updating the site to fit the changing needs of the organization and its 38 million members.
"The Lakewood Service Center is critical to our mission of helping older Americans and especially our members," Hansen said. "Owning this building makes financial and strategic sense for the organization."
The Service Center currently process 40 million member transactions and distributes over 90 million mail pieces annually. The building also operates AARP's member database in the secure Lakewood Data Center.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. 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. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.