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Washington, DC 20049 - 0001
(202) 434-2069
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

AARP Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1961 as the charitable affiliate of AARP, the largest social welfare organization serving older Americans in the nation. AARP Foundation works with organizations in communities across the nation to help the growing numbers of older people in crisis every day. Our work involves investing in innovative approaches and connecting struggling Americans who are 50 and older to programs, resources, and benefits to help improve their lives in our four Impact Areas: Hunger, Housing, Income and Isolation. AARP Foundation understands the unique needs of low-income older adults and continues to identify, implement, and bring to national scale interventions to meet those needs. With a presence in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the Foundation is well-positioned to reach older adults where they live and is able to navigate and impact state and local issues that are either of concern or of value to older adults. During the 2014 tax season, 35,195 Tax-Aide volunteers helped over 2.6 million low- to moderate- income individuals, especially seniors, prepare their taxes at 5,400 locations, in every state, across the country. Through the Drive to End Hunger in a single year, AARP Foundation and our partners served 7.8 million meals through volunteer efforts throughout the country and assisted 15,000 older adults to enroll in SNAP. In addition, the Foundation is one of DOL's largest Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) national grantees and one of the most successful in placing participants into jobs: since inception, more than 500,000 older people have received services through the Foundation's SCSEP.

Volunteers have been -- and will continue to be -- an essential element in how AARP Foundation and the larger AARP enterprise successfully meet our goals. A vibrant volunteer strategy is an essential component of growing our impact, relevance and revenue. Currently, AARP as an enterprise (which includes AARP Foundation and AARP Experience Corps) oversees more than a dozen volunteer efforts or programs. Nearly 300,000 volunteers work to enhance their communities through a variety of AARP Foundation and other AARP Enterprise efforts (an additional 150,000 work through AARP Chapter Offices). Working alone, in partnership with staff, and in positions supervising other volunteers, these volunteers help move our social mission forward as demonstrated by the following select volunteer initiatives and numbers of volunteers involved in both the Foundation and AARP Enterprise:

* AARP Foundation Board of Directors: 10

* AARP Experience Corps: 821

* AARP Foundation Mentor Up: 65

* AARP Foundation Consumer Fraud Prevention: 219

* AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly: 120

* AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: 35,195

* Driver Safety: 4,614

* Create the Good: 251,390

AARP Foundation proposes to implement a Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Virginia (VA1X): Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Isle of Wight, and Chesapeake Counties beginning July 1, 2015. The primary focus areas of this project are Healthy Futures. At the end of Year 3, 275 RSVP volunteers will be actively engaged: 192 in our Primary Focus Area of Healthy Futures, and 83 in other community priorities.

The Healthy Futures arena will focus on providing support service, education and/or referrals to alleviate long term hunger. Episodic volunteer opportunities include: meal packing events, meal preparation and delivery, and days of service. Ongoing volunteer opportunities may include: nutrition and SNAP incentive programs and nutrition education. AARP Foundation's RSVP Healthy Futures work will increase the number of older adults gaining increased access to healthy food, with at least 10% of volunteers (25) engaged in work plans that will generate an outcome of beneficiaries reporting increased food security via a survey instrument. In addition, 83 volunteers will address other community needs as identified through information from the former RSVP program and input from the RSVP Advisory Council and community organizations. The CNCS federal investment of $ 96,252 will be supplemented by $11,391 in-kind match from AARP Foundation.

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