Romasco and CayetanoAARP Foundation has established a relief fund to support victims devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) one of the largest and strongest storms to make landfall in recorded history. AARP and its members are committed to helping those in need; so to support these emergency relief efforts AARP and AARP Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $500,000 which could mean up to $1 million in aid.  The matching program will be administered through AARP Foundation.

In parts of the Philippines most severely affected, older residents, including the family members of many Hawaii residents, are struggling to recover from one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. While the scope of the damage inflicted by Typhoon Haiyan is still being assessed, thousands of people are reported dead in the Leyte island capital of Tacloban alone. Officials on the scene report that hundreds of thousands are without food, clean water and medicine.

“This is a devastating time for many Filipinos, including thousands of Hawaii residents who anxiously await news from relatives at home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who are struggling to recover from this disaster,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, State Director of AARP Hawaii. “We know that many Hawaii residents want to help out and respond quickly to those in need.  As a trusted organization, AARP Foundation will work to ensure the funds contributed go directly to aid those who have been impacted by this terrible event.”

AARP Foundation will work with relief organizations such as HelpAge, CARE and other groups to provide aid to the victims in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia.  Moreover, 100 percent of all funds raised will go to organizations helping the victims of this typhoon.  Donations may be made at AARP Foundation’s secure website, where all tax-deductible donations will be used to help victims of the disaster.

An immediate response to this urgent appeal will allow AARP Foundation to expedite support to those who need it now.  To donate to the relief efforts, please go to: www.aarp.org/disasterrelief.

AARP is a membership organization for people age 50 and older with 148,000 members in Hawaii.  We champion access to affordable, quality health care for all generations, provide the tools needed to save for retirement, and serve as a reliable information source on issues critical to older Americans. 

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, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.