AARP Foundation Giving $1.3 Million to Communities Hit Hardest by Superstorm Sandy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the overwhelming devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, AARP Foundation established the AARP Foundation Relief Fund and will give the nearly $1.3 million already raised to select organizations working to support victims and communities impacted by the storm, including organizations dedicated to serving older adults.
Donations will be given nationally to the American Red Cross and locally to organizations in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In Rhode Island, The Salvation Army and Serve Rhode Island each will be awarded $5,000 donations to help cover the cost of emergency relief activities.
“The extraordinary storm resulted in extraordinary efforts by these local organizations that do important work in our community 365 days a year,” said AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell. “We thank them for their inspiring response to people in need, and we thank all those whose Superstorm Sandy donations were matched by AARP. The Salvation Army and Serve Rhode Island are exemplary in their ability to encourage and nurture volunteerism – especially among older Rhode Islanders. We are proud to support them.”
AARP and AARP Foundation encourage people to continue to donate to the relief fund in an ongoing effort to earn AARP’s match of contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $750,000, raising the potential contribution to the relief effort by AARP and AARP Foundation to as much as $1.5 million.
Pictured with AARP Rhode Island State President Anthony Regine (center) are Janice Pothier Pac, Associate Director, Serve Rhode Island and Lt. John C. Luby, Salvation Army Rhode Island State Coordinator.
“People have really stepped up to give to this effort and help those devastated by the storm. However the need is still great, and we urge you to continue to contribute so that we can maximize your donations and deploy the funds immediately to people in communities who are still struggling to recover,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation President. “We are asking people to give as quickly as they can with a goal of reaching AARP’s $750,000 commitment to match donations dollar-for-dollar.”
Donating through the AARP Foundation Relief Fund’s secure web site ensures 100 percent of tax-deductible donations will be used to help the victims of this disaster. To donate to the AARP Foundation Relief Fund now, please go to: www.aarp.org/disasterrelief.
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, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.