AARP Community Challenge 2017: Philadelphia

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Encouraging neighbors of all ages to meet and mingle  The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation used its challenge grant funds to launch the Chinatown Garden Club and garden, run weekly painting classes and host an art exhibition of works created by community members. Among the goals of the “Go, Go, Go: Making Our Community More Livable” project was to encourage people of …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Bismarck, North Dakota

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Installing a walk-bike trail A pop-up project tested whether the proposed Bismarck Central Pathway, from downtown Bismarck, to the Missouri River, was wanted by the community. The answer: yes, so long as the path is protected from vehicle traffic. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning grantees Watch more AARP Community Challenge videos Stay informed! Subscribe to the free, weekly AARP …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Farmville, Virginia

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Enabling home repairs for households in need Challenge funding supported a mobile repair trailer for storing and transporting tools used by Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity to make safety improvements in homes that, in many cases, have been in families for generations and are in need of significant repair. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning grantees Watch more AARP …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Charleston, West Virginia

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Helping older adults with household tasks Honey Do Crew volunteers perform household repair tasks — from painting a porch to replacing a front door — for low-income older adults in West Virginia’s Kanawha and Putnam counties. “For many seniors, these volunteers feel like family,” says Jennifer Wagganer, executive director of Faith in Action. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Nashville, Tennessee

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Implementing community engagement and public space projects Urban planners hosted community engagement and public space demonstration projects in several Nashville neighborhoods to help improve quality of life, walkability, health and safety. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning grantees Watch more AARP Community Challenge videos Stay informed! Subscribe to the free, weekly AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter Visit the AARP Livable Communities website

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Turning vacant lots into community spaces By planting grass that only grows 6 inches tall and needs to be mowed only twice a year, Tri County Community Action, a private, nonprofit community development agency, was able to take control of several vacant lots that had become dumping sites, overgrown with weeds and debris. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning grantees …