En español | AARP on Tuesday honored Americans age 50 and older who are delivering free stoves in Mexico, helping LGBTQ+ adults find affordable housing in the U.S., and doing other work to improve the world as part of our annual Purpose Prize competition. We honored 5 winners at a banquet in Washington, DC — watch videos profiling their work:
- Zerqa Abid: Founder, president and executive director of MY Project USA, which works to protect and empower refugee and immigrant families and children from underprivileged communities.
- Jamesetta Ferguson: President and CEO of Molo Village CDC, dedicated to revitalizing and supporting residents of an underserved community in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Sharron Rush: Executive director and cofounder of Knowbility, an Austin-based organization that offers digital training and services for people living with disabilities.
- Bill Toone: Founder of Ecolife Conservation, which provides free efficiency stoves to indigenous people in Michoacán, Mexico, while advocating for more energy and land-efficient agricultural methods.
- Imani Woody: President and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, a nonprofit organization focused on affordable and inclusive housing for older LGBTQ+ adults.
Woody on Tuesday was also awarded the AARP Inspire Award, winning a public vote among Purpose Prize finalists and receiving $10,000 for her organization.
Learn more about the AARP Purpose Prize.
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