AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP's affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)- The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency and promote useful part-time opportunities in community service assignments for unemployed low-income persons who are 55 years of age or older and to increase the number of older persons who May enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized employment in both the public and private sectors. In program year 2016/2017 more than 13,000 people were served and more than 3,300 obtained unsubsidized employment. http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/income/scsep/
Tax-Aide-AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. It is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those aged 50 and older. In 2017, nearly 35,000 AARP Foundation trained and IRS-certified volunteers helped over 2.6 million people file their taxes. Sites were open late January/early February through mid-April for face-to-face service. Online assistance was available throughout the rest of the year. Other 2017 highlights include $1.3B in taxpayer refunds and more than $222M in Earned Income Tax Credits for lower-income working taxpayers. Tax-Aide prepared returns are electronically filed, which helps to increase both the accuracy of returns prepared and the speed of refunds to taxpayers. http://www.aarp.org/taxaide
Experience Corps-AARP Foundation Experience Corps ("Experience Corps") is an evidence-based, volunteer tutoring and mentoring program that addresses a major contributor to poverty - the inability of children in kindergarten through third grade to read at grade level. The Experience Corps model is research-based with measurable benefits for students' literacy, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for the older volunteers who tutor the children.
Food Security-AARP Foundation's Food Security initiatives are dedicated to ending hunger among older Americans (50+) by focusing on sustainable, long-term public health and market-driven solutions to help meet the dietary needs of older adults, especially those of the nearly ten million food insecure. Our two pillars focus on: 1) Showing positive change in food security among low income older adults by ensuring they can afford to purchase healthy foods and 2)Ensuring that low income older adults have the dietary variety that can increase food security and health outcomes.
Grants to AARP-AARP Foundation has awarded grants to AARP to further the Foundation's charitable mission of helping low income older Americans meet basic needs through programs that focus on care giving, nursing, community centers, asset protection and driver safety as a tool to combat isolation.
Litigation-AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) is the litigating arm of AARP Foundation. AFL advocates in courts nationwide to advance the legal rights and interests of people 50 and older by representing them in significant cases and by writing amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs. AFL focuses on widespread practices or policies of industry, business, or government that affect older Americans' day-to-day lives, including employment, pensions, housing, long-term care, and financial exploitation. www.aarpfoundation.org/litigation
Housing-The Housing Impact Area is focused on providing solutions to the at least 19 million low-income 50+ households living in unaffordable and/or inadequate housing, focusing in the areas of home affordability, livability (universal design), and healthcare innovation. In 2017, the Foundation provided foreclosure prevention information and supported the preservation/production home retrofits/repairs of over 1,000 homes. The Housing Impact Area also worked with innovative startups through its 2016 Aging-in-Place Challenge competition winner, Care Angel, to provide disaster relief alerts to over 1,000 older adults in Florida, as well as collaborated with leaders in the field to hold the 2017 Aging-in-Place Challenge competition. Building on the 2014 and 2016 research studies with the Harvard Joint Center on Housing 2017, AARP Foundation was a lead funder for the Making Room exhibition at the National Building Museum, which highlighted innovative solutions that can assist older adults to age-in-place, including the Home Today, Home Tomorrow Memphis Home which was transfered to a local Memphis low-income senior veteran. The Foundation also has several innovation projects in development and has assisted a national nonprofit in developing a new financing model that will provide housing to low-income seniors in assisted living as well as their families. The Foundation continues its role as a thought leader by convening industry experts on aging-in-place and health-and-housing matters.
Isolation-More than 8 million older adults are socially isolated and, therefore, at risk of poor health. The number of vulnerable Americans age 50+ who are experiencing isolation has been on the rise and is expected to increase in the coming years. AARP Foundation's Isolation work is focused on developing and delivering solutions that help vulnerable individuals over 50 stay socially connected, prevent isolation, and improve related health outcomes. Strong social connections are central to our physical and mental well-being. But when vulnerable older adults experience setbacks, they may become disconnected and isolated. Because the issue of social isolation is so complex, AARP Foundation spearheaded Connect2Affect to seek out solutions. Through research and innovative efforts, we are working to create a deeper understanding of loneliness and isolation, draw crucial attention to the issue, and catalyze action to end social isolation among older adults. Our goal is to create a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely, and that helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive. In addition, we continually develop, test and implement solutions that help reduce isolation including using voice-enabled technology, transportation initiatives and volunteer-based friendship lines.
Work for Yourself@50+ -Many low income older adults are considering self-employment to increase their income but may not know where to start. AARP Foundation's Work for Yourself@50+ program guides individuals through a process to help them decide whether being self-employed is right for them. Our goal is to help them identify the right options, and point them to additional resources to help them get started. We share the first steps they should take and caution them about mistakes to avoid.
Consumer Fraud Prevention-AARP Foundations helps low income older adults maintain their income by learning how to recognize, refuse and report financial fraud, scams and abuse. AARP Foundation has been at the forefront of fighting fraud for years and is one of only a few national organizations providing fraud prevention programs and services designed specifically for older adults. AARP Foundation currently operates two call centers (Seattle, Denver) that enable us to scale our operations nationally. AARP Foundation's consumer fraud peer counseling program using highly trained staff and volunteers work to educate the most vulnerable consumers, increasing resistance among chronic lottery fraud victims. In addition, AARP Foundation provides customized consumer education and training through multiple channels including in person, online and through publications. In 2017, the combined AARP Foundation consumer fraud prevention programs reached over 140,000 vulnerable older adults.www.aarpelderwatch.org
Income Security-AARP Foundation is creating new platforms for ensuring that low income older adults have opportunities to continue to generate income and build savings to help them become more financially stable and secure.
Various Grants, Contributions and Other Programs-The Foundation sponsored events and conferences that highlighted tangible ways to create more opportunity in America for low-income seniors, supported relief for older victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and engaged in educational initiatives to help low-income seniors retain and protect assets.