AARP Foundation Establishes Relief Fund for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Monday, November 18, 2013
Foundation Establishes Relief Fund for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Donations will be matched
dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000
D.C. - AARP Foundation today announced it 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 $1,000,000 in aid. The
matching program will be administered through AARP Foundation.
According to news reports, Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands of people dead and
hundreds of thousands homeless. One of the first areas to be hit by the
typhoon was the Philippines - this nation is one of the most densely populated
countries in the world and has an estimated 1.3 million people aged 50 and
older who could be affected. Many survivors of the typhoon are now
struggling to find food and shelter in the sea of debris that used to be their
homes and neighborhoods.
devastation in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia is immeasurable and we
know AARP members want to help," said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation
President. "AARP Foundation's efforts around typhoon relief offer
AARP members and others who are concerned, a way to contribute quickly and
securely. Through our secure web site those who choose to give can do so
with the confidence that their tax-deductible donations will go directly to
those in need."
to the disaster, 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.
continued, "Through the contributions raised, we will be fueling the work
of organizations that have experience addressing the needs of the most
vulnerable, particularly in times of tragedy."
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.