WASHINGTON, DC—AARP announces 88 winners for its first-ever AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life in communities across the nation for people of all ages. The winning projects range from low-cost, short-term actions such as the creation of temporary park spaces and murals to more sizable efforts such as the development of intergenerational playgrounds. AARP received almost 1,200 applications for Community Challenge funds, resulting in a highly competitive selection process. All projects are set to be completed by November 1, 2017.
"Great communities require careful planning and time," said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. "These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change."
Three additional projects will receive additional support through the AARP and Team Better Block partnership including support with project design, city department negotiations, and organizing the community around project objectives. These three projects are located in Ft. Worth, TX; Buffalo, NY; and Fort Wayne, IN.
Each project will deliver on one or all of the following:
- Improve social connections through the built environment benefiting people of all ages and abilities in the community.
- Expand opportunities for all residents, such as job, volunteer, and educational/training opportunities.
- Drive inclusive community engagement and interaction across a diverse population.
For a complete list of the winners and projects, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge.
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