Last week we watched as Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across the Caribbean — especially Haiti — and in the southeastern United States.
The destruction 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.
Recognizing the immediate and longer-term challenges so many will face in the coming days, weeks and months — especially people over age 50 who have been affected — AARP Foundation responded with the creation of a relief fund to support the victims devastated by Hurricane Matthew. To meet their needs, AARP and AARP Foundation will match — dollar for dollar — contributions up to a total of $500,000.
Working with the AARP state offices and international relief organizations in the affected areas, we will direct 100 percent of all funds raised to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims. Every dollar will make a difference.