AARP MA provides grants to organizations to make their communities more livable






BY MIKE FESTA, STATE DIRECTOR, AARP MASSACHUSETTS

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On June 29, 2022, AARP Massachusetts announced that it will award several Bay State organizations with the 2022 AARP MA Community Challenge Grants. These recipients will implement rapid action projects that will help communities become more livable in the long term by improving public places, public transport, housing, diversity, equity and inclusion, digital access and civic engagement – ​​with a focus on the needs of adults age 50 and over.

Funded projects include:

  • Cambridge Beneficiary: Cambridge Community Television – plans to roll out pop-up mobile media and tech labs across the city and host computer and digital literacy mini-classes.
  • Gloucester beneficiary: Backyard producers will use the grant to fund his project which provides residents of aged care homes in Gloucester and surrounding communities with training and support on flexible gardening options for small spaces via grow bags.
  • Beneficiary of Lanesborough: heart and groundwho will use their grant to fund a community production program that supports small local farms by purchasing their produce and delivering it to seniors with disabilities in the community.
  • Boston Beneficiary: Reservation Trustees – Trustees will repair a dangerous walkway at the Southwest Corridor Community Farm, and four raised gardens will be constructed for disabled gardeners at Savin & Maywood Community Garden.
  • Chelmsford Beneficiary: Chelmsford Public Library The contributions of Indigenous peoples will be recognized with 11 information kiosks and five self-contained mini-libraries, as well as programs focusing on arts and history.
  • Beneficiary of South Dennis: Dennis Center for Active Living In one corner of the Center for Active Living grounds, there will be six raised gardens and two ADA-compliant benches placed on a new concrete surface.
  • OBeneficiary of the estport: Westport Advice on Aging a fixed-route seniors’ transportation service will be established, operating one day a week between common shopping, banking and medical care destinations in this rural community.
  • OBeneficiary Orcester: mass bike Intergenerational cycling will be encouraged by pairing 20 teenage cyclists with 20 older recipients in an ongoing program that rewards free e-bikes. The wThere will also be five bike workshops as well as group rides.

AARP Massachusetts is committed to working with communities to improve residents’ quality of life through tangible change. We are proud to partner with this year’s recipients as they make immediate improvements in their communities to initiate long-term change, especially for Bay Staters 50 and older.

This is just part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded to 260 organizations nationwide. Learn more about the work of AARP’s Livable Communities at wwww.aarp.org/livable.

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