AARP Foundation establishes hurricane relief fund
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The AARP Foundation has created a relief fund to help the victims — especially those over 50 —devastated by Hurricane Matthew. To meet the needs of those affected, AARP and AARP Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, contributions up to a total of $500,000.
“We still don’t know the full extent of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation. But we do know that it has compounded the hardships for older adults already struggling to make ends meet,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. “As a trusted organization we also know that every dollar counts and will ensure that donations collected through the disaster relief fund will go directly to aid victims, through organizations working on the ground from Florida to the Carolinas.”
The destruction from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti has been devastating, with hundreds of people killed and tens of thousands left homeless.
In the U.S. — from Florida to the Carolinas — more than 2 million people were forced to leave their homes in the largest mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Sandy. As the evacuations are lifted, hundreds of thousands of people are returning to find their homes without power, damaged, or destroyed.
To donate and learn more about the AARP Foundation Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund, visit www.aarp.org/disasterrelief.