Aug 29, 2017
AARP Foundation Establishes Relief Fund for Older Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Secure website now accepting donations to aid victims; AARP and AARP Foundation to match dollar for dollar contributions up to $1 million to provide much needed disaster support

En español | WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson today announced that AARP Foundation has created a relief fund to help the victims – especially those age 50 and older –as relentless rains and unprecedented flooding devastate Houston and the southeastern Texas region. AARP Foundation and AARP will match contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million for the fund, which will provide relief and recovery support to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“The devastation and loss in Houston and surrounding areas is staggering, especially when the hardest hit are those who were already struggling to make ends meet. In many cases, low-income older adults have neither the financial resources nor the ability to escape the catastrophe,” said Ryerson. “AARP members respond quickly to help those in need and we know they will again. As a trusted organization we also know that every dollar counts. We will ensure that donations collected through the disaster relief fund go directly to aid victims.”

Hurricane Harvey struck the coast of Texas as a massive Category 4 hurricane. But the destruction has only begun, as relentless rains and catastrophic flooding pummel Houston and other areas across southeastern Texas. The flooding will continue — and potentially worsen — throughout the week, with an estimated 13 million people under flood watches and warnings stretching from Corpus Christi to New Orleans. Once the storm finally passes, it will be days before the waters recede and people will be able to fully assess the damage and destruction to their homes and communities.

AARP Foundation is currently accepting donations through its secure website, where 100 percent of donors’ tax-deductible contributions will be used to help the victims of this disaster.

To donate and learn more about AARP Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, click here.

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About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable, livable and healthy housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP. Learn more at aarpfoundation.org.

For further information: Tara Dunion, 202-434-2667, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia