AARP Foundation Annual Report / 2009AARP Foundation Annual Report / 2009
We received a heartelt letter in October rom90-year-old Dorothy Wever o Caliornia thatocused on AARP’s ounder, pioneer educatorDr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The letter serves asa testament to the values o independence,dignity and sel-suciency that Dr. Andrusespoused—and the values that drive the work o the AARP Foundation to this day.During the Great Depression, Ms. Weverattended Abraham Lincoln High School inEast Los Angeles, where Dr. Andrus wasprincipal, and worked in her oce duringher study period. “My amily was very poor,”the ormer student wrote us, “and I was theonly one in the senior class who could notaord a class sweater. She arranged or meto help the janitor wash desks, windows andfoors to earn me enough to buy a sweater.She also helped me get my rst job. It is so wonderul what she accomplished in herlietime. I am very proud to have known her.”
We appreciate thosekind words, and striveevery day to bring life toour founder’s motto: “Toserve, not to be served.”
The AARP Foundation has had a prooundimpact on lower-income people. In 2009,in the midst o the longest recession in ournation’s history, AARP Foundation helpedmore than 5 million older Americans,delivering services, inormation, educationand legal advocacy to assist them in gettinghelp to meet crucial needs or ood, healthcare and housing; nding work; avoidingbecoming victims o raud; and managingtheir nances.Here are just a ew examples o what weaccomplished:
• Thanks to our army of 34,600 dedicatedTax-Aide volunteers, more than 2.6 million
people received ree tax-preparationassistance.
• We helped people obtain nancial security,
providing on-the-job training to more than
20,000 low-income adults, helping 32,500
more with skills assessment and job-ndinghelp and awarding scholarships to 108
women age 40-plus who had tremendous
potential but very ew resources.
• After three years, our Volunteers in
Consumer Fraud Prevention Project reacheda milestone in 2009 when they contactedthe 2 millionth potential raud victim.
• Through our Benets QuickLINK program, we helped nearly 31,000 low-income older
people learn about benets designed to helpthem pay or groceries, prescription drugs,heating and other necessities.
President, AARP Foundation
Letter rom the President
In 2009, AARP Foundation’s charitable workmoved orward, helping millions o olderpersons in need eel more secure, protectedand empowered. The Foundation sta, led byFoundation’s president, Robin Talbert, carriedout these eorts fawlessly.These dedicated men and women havedisplayed an unyielding commitment tomaking a positive dierence in others’ lives—or the mother who can live her dreamand provide or her amily because o theWomen’s Scholarship Fund, or the ather who lands a new job using Work
ater long-term unemployment and orthe grandparents who visit the AARPFoundation Grandparent Inormation Centerto nd tools to help the grandchildren intheir care excel in school.I have been inspired, too, by the manyFoundation volunteers, clients and allies Ihave met rom coast to coast. In March, orexample, Foundation Board members visited
a government center in Virginia where AARP
Tax-Aide Program volunteers were helping walk-in clients complete their tax returns.The hugs and proud smiles o achievement when each return was signed won praiserom the IRS sta who accompanied us. It was the type o rewarding experience we seetime and again.As 2010 dawns, we will bid a ond arewellto Robin Talbert, who will retire rom AARPater 21 years o service, including seven years with the AARP Foundation. Heroutstanding leadership and commitmenthave created the pathway or theFoundation’s continued success in the yearsahead.As we enter a new decade, I truly believethat i we remain steadast to the goals o theAARP Foundation, we can bring renewedhope or a better uture to those who havelost it. We can break the cycles o povertyand social isolation.
We can move millionsinto the mainstreamof American promiseand prosperity. Working together, we canaccomplish all of this—and much, much more.
Chair o the Board, AARP Foundation
Letter rom the Chair