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Covid-19 Response

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The unprecedented job losses and economic strains resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have affected millions of people in America of all ages, especially low-income older adults. If you’re out of work, call our free Work Resources Hotline at 1-855-850-2525 for information about programs and services that can help get you back to work. We can also connect you with local community resources.

Workforce Assistance and Financial Resilience Programs

In our mission to help older adults increase their economic opportunity even during times of economic hardship, AARP Foundation offers programs and services that support you at every stage of your employment journey, and that help you protect your income. 

Resources for Older Jobseekers

AARP Foundation’s workforce programs offer solutions to help unemployed and independent workers chart a course toward financial security, helping you take advantage of the skills and experience you already have and providing training and guidance to help you navigate the technological advances and other changes creating a new world of work.

NEED NEW SKILLS? AARP Foundation SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program) offers unemployed adults 55 and older work-based training and skill-building opportunities within a variety of community service organizations and agencies. Currently, there are opportunities for remote training in the program, although community service assignments have been temporarily suspended. You can call our Work Resources Hotline at 1-855-850-2525 to add your name to a signup list for when training assignments resume. Learn more about AARP Foundation SCSEP.

CHARTING A NEW COURSE? Work for Yourself@50+ helps older adults explore options for self-employment. You may have skills and talents that could be applied to starting your own business or becoming an independent contractor, freelancer or gig worker; Work for Yourself@50+ provides the tools you need to succeed. You can download the “5 Simple Steps to Get You Started” toolkit or register for an online workshop here.

READY TO RETURN TO WORK? BACK TO WORK 50+ offers free workshops, coaching and resources that can help you compete in today's fast-changing workplace. Online workshops are now available so you can take advantage of remote training. Call 1-855-850-2525 or register here for a free workshop hosted by AARP Foundation or by a community partner in your area.

AARP Foundation Workforce and Savings

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In addition to connecting you with our workforce programs, our Work Resources Hotline at 1-855-850-2525 can give you access to vital community resources to help you meet basic needs and provide information on potential COVID-19 benefits.

Programs to Help You Keep What You Earn

Saving a portion of what you earn is an important way to build financial resilience. It can help you handle unexpected detours on your journey to economic security, like an expensive car repair, costly medical bills or an emergency home repair. AARP Foundation’s repertoire of income-protecting programs includes services to help you at tax time and to help you build the savings habit.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation program in the U.S. Assistance is currently available to help you file your taxes online.

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide

Property Tax-Aide helps low-income older adults find property tax refund and credit programs.

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Find Legal Cases

Find the most recent cases in which AARP Foundation attorneys have advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older adults, and have filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases.

AARP Foundation earns a high rating for accountability from a leading charity evaluator. 

Eighty-one cents of every dollar we spend goes toward programs and services that help low-income older adults. We have met every one of the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.