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New Hope for Older People in a Disaster

Posted on 08/12/2013 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s hurricane season. Yes, until Nov. 30. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an active or extremely active hurricane season. That means we could see 13 to 20 named storms, of which three to six could be major hurricanes (categories 3-5).  This is well above the seasonal average. As we know from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, older people are particularly at risk during a hurricane. That’s true for all forms of disaster – natural, man-made …

When Disaster Strikes, AARP Answers the Call

Posted on 11/30/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringWhen Superstorm Sandy roared in, more than 6 million AARP members, their families and neighbors were among those whose lives she affected most severely. Since our founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, first envisioned the 50+ population as an “army of useful citizens” more than a half century ago, disasters like Sandy have been a call to help and service that our members never hesitate to heed. They responded with an extraordinary outpouring of volunteer support and financial contributions for the people …

Former NFL Players Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted on 11/17/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThere was enough warning, you could watch the weather channel and the local news to watch the path of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone knew she was coming. Experts were predicting the worst-case scenarios. But in the aftermath, the truth of what Hurricane Sandy left behind in the burned-out homes in Breezy Point, Queens, to the flooded buildings and subways in New York City. The reality of the devastation was widespread and heartbreaking. In the words of President Obama “This is going to …

Volunteers Washed Away in Severe Weather

Posted on 10/29/2012 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringHere in Washington, D.C. most people have stocked their cabinets with water, batteries and non-perishable foods and settled into their cozy homes to weather the severe rain and wind that Hurricane Sandy is unleashing. But what about those who don’t have a roof over their head? The reality is that their situation becomes very fragile during these times because many of the services the homeless rely on operate only with the generous help of volunteers. And with the severe weather …