Aug 31, 2020
AARP Foundation Establishes Relief Fund to Support Victims of Hurricane Laura
AARP Foundation to match contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000

WASHINGTON—AARP Foundation today announced a relief fund to support victims of Hurricane Laura, the Category 4 storm that unleashed 150 mph winds and catastrophic storm surges, caused widespread destruction, and left more than 750,000 homes and businesses without power along the Louisiana-Texas coast. AARP Foundation will match contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000. One hundred percent of all funds will be directed toward organizations providing relief and assistance to those in need in the stricken areas.

“When a disaster like Hurricane Laura strikes, few are more vulnerable than older adults — especially older adults with low income,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “Coming as it did in the midst of a pandemic, the storm intensified the hardship older residents were already experiencing. At times like these, every dollar makes a difference.”

AARP Foundation is currently accepting tax-deductible donations through its secure website. To donate or learn more about AARP Foundation’s Hurricane Laura Relief Fund, visit www.aarpfoundation.org/disasterrelief

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About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Bolstered by vigorous legal advocacy, we spark bold, innovative solutions that foster resilience, strengthen communities and restore hope. To learn more, visit http://www.aarpfoundation.org or follow @AARPFoundation on social media.

Media Contact: Madison Daniels, mdaniels@aarp.org, 202-531-9026, @AARPMedia