Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers
age 55 to 64 has nearly tripled in the last two
years. Thanks to AARP Foundation’s WorkSearch
program, more than 32,000 mature adults
received assistance with skills assessments, job
openings and more in 2009. WorkSearch greatly
benefited from the generous support of both
Microsoft, which gave $100,000 to help expand
its services in Seattle and New York City, and
Denver’s Rose Community Foundation, which
provided a $10,000 Boomers Leading Change
grant to WorkSearch.
Helping People Who Help Others
Each year, more than one of every five adults
provides unpaid care to older adults or disabled
family members. Most of these caregivers (60
percent) work full-time. AARP Foundation has
several initiatives to help caretakers, their families
and their employers -- all made possible with help
from these corporate and foundation donors.
• Harrah’s Foundation provided a $1.1 million
grant for Meeting America’s Caregiving
Challenge, a comprehensive community-based
strategy to help current and former caregivers
fulfill their responsibilities while continuing to
build their own long-term financial security.
• The John A. Hartford Foundation provided
a $698,364 grant to support the second phase
of Professional Partners Supporting Family
Caregiving, which helps nurses and social
workers meet the needs of family caregivers.
• New York Life Foundation donated $319,000
to support Integrated Kinship Caregiving in
the state of New York. Thanks to this grant,
AARP’s New York state office provided
advanced training to professionals who work
with children and the older relatives, usually
grandparents, who are raising them.
Helping People Meet Basic Needs
On April 14, 2009, an AARP/Walgreens Wellness
Tour Bus began a two-year tour across the U.S. By
the time the bus comes to a final stop, it will have
visited more than 3,000 cities, providing more
than 2. 5 million people, mostly in underserved
communities, access to free health screenings and
the opportunity to take part in the Foundation’s
Benefits QuickLINK (BQL) program. BQL helps
low-income older people find out if they may
qualify for federal, state and local assistance to
help them cover the costs of food, prescription
drugs, housing, utilities and other essential needs.
Promoting, Protecting and Preserving Assets
AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program provided
income tax preparation services to nearly 3
million low- and moderate-income Americans
who received free, one-on-one assistance from
a small army of 34,600 dedicated volunteers.
The AARP Foundation is very grateful to New
York Life Foundation, whose $300,000 grant
helped Tax-Aide create a user-friendly, Web-based volunteer recruitment tool that helped
raise the program’s volunteer retention rates and
satisfaction levels even higher.
Our Western Union and MoneyGram Consumer
Fraud Prevention Projects use fire to fight fire.
Since 2006, our volunteers have telephoned
more than 2 million people to warn them
against giving money or personal information
to scammers who may call asking for this
information. Even better, the volunteers give
them the tools to fight back and report the callers
to the police. In 2009, thanks to $367,000 in
multiple Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing
grants from Investor Protection Trust, investor
education efforts were undertaken statewide
in Alaska, Arkansas, Maine, Tennessee, West
Virginia and Wisconsin.
The quality of long-term care services provided
in the United States ranges from the sublime
to the atrocious. Thus we are very grateful
to the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN
Foundation for supporting our study about
feasibility of a state-by-state scorecard to help
consumers rank long-term care services. These
grants also supported our consensus-building
efforts to determine what a high-performing
long-term care system would look like. Each
organization contributed $87,640, with SCAN
supplying an additional $7,600, allowing us to
begin work a month earlier.