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Recover and Rebuild

Catastrophe and Community

For vulnerable older adults, a natural disaster intensifies the struggles they already experience — so when communities are pummeled by catastrophic natural disasters, we move quickly.

Over the years, an outpouring of support from thousands of donors  has been matched with gifts from AARP and AARP Foundation, allowing us to deliver millions to organizations on the ground helping older adults get back on their feet in the wake of the disaster.

AARP Foundation 2018 CA Wildfire Disaster Relief Campaign

2018 California Wildfire Season

 Thanks to donors like you, $1.2 million in emergency grants, with $500,000 in matched funds from AARP and AARP Foundation, has been distributed to nine organizations.

Hurricane Florence Rescue

2018 Hurricane Florence & Hurricane Michael

In collaboration with AARP Foundation field offices and AARP state offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia, AARP Foundation has worked to identify community-based groups with a focus on helping vulnerable older adults. Emergency grants have been made to 24 organizations.

A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma.

2017 Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria

AARP Foundation’s Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria emergency relief funds have distributed grants totaling more than $2,255,000 for recovery efforts across Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other islands in the Caribbean affected by these storms.


People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods.

2017 Hurricane Harvey

With matching funds from AARP and AARP Foundation, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund raised $3.25 million to help hurricane victims – especially those age 50 and older – in Houston and Southeast Texas.

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2016 Hurricane Matthew

Thanks to AARP Foundation supporters, $1 million was distributed to organizations that are helping Louisiana flood victims get back on their feet.

Flooded houses, Heavy rains, Louisiana, August 2016, AARP Flood Donation

2016 Louisiana Flood

More than 7,400 donors opened their hearts to the plight of older Americans affected by the disaster. This outpouring of support, together with a matching gift from AARP and AARP Foundation, has allowed us to distribute a total of $1 million to the following organizations that are helping residents get back on their feet – many of them with a special focus on helping vulnerable older adults

Injured people receive treatment, Kathmandu, Nepal, Earthquake, AARP Foundation, Disaster Relief

2015 Nepal Earthquakes

Among the millions of people whose lives were changed by the Nepal earthquakes are an estimated 600,000 people over the age of 60. Donations from more than 4,000 AARP Foundation supporters have made it possible to rush aid to the region. Because of these generous donations, groups on the ground have been able to provide emergency medical care, food, and shelter to survivors and are beginning the long process of reconstructing homes and lives.

Winter Storms, Nick Buonanno, Braden Haskell, Kurt Wenzel help motorist stuck in snowbank, Wells, Maine, AARP Foundation, Disaster Relief

2014 Winter Emergency Relief

When record-breaking low temperatures threatened to push struggling seniors over the edge this past winter, AARP Foundation issued an urgent call for help. More than 1,400 compassionate people donated $126,000 to organizations that helped struggling seniors with heating costs in some of the hardest-hit states.

Christine Jones, Ann Worden, crying, demolished home, Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado, AARP Foundation, Disaster Relief

2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes

With the combined support of AARP members, many other generous donors, and a matching gift from AARP and AARP Foundation, we distributed more than $674,000 to aid affected communities. These funds fueled the work of local organizations in their emergency relief and recovery efforts.

Food distribution, Typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban, Phillipines, AARP Foundation, Disaster Relief

2013 Typhoon Haiyan

More than 8,300 compassionate supporters joined with AARP and AARP Foundation to to provide more than $1 million to support on the ground efforts in the Philippines. Those funds went to organizations that have been working hard to deliver meals, repair homes, and restore hope to thousands during this crisis.

Superstorm Sandy, Casino Pier, damage, Seaside Heights, New Jersey, AARP Foundation, Disaster Relief

2012 Superstorm Sandy

Through the generous support of AARP members, concerned donors and a matching gift from AARP and AARP Foundation, we distributed more than $1.4 million to organizations working in communities impacted by the storm – many of them dedicated to serving the needs of older adults.

Debra Whitman, AARP Foundation President Lisa Ryerson, Mirta Pierre, 90, St. Vincent de Paul nursing home, Leogane, Haiti

2010 Haiti Earthquake

Through the generous support of AARP members, concerned donors and a matching gift from AARP, AARP Foundation supported HelpAge USA and its international parent organization HelpAge International to rush $1.5 million in emergency relief to older earthquake victims. 


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