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Portland, OR

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Addressing community health

Description: This project created four COVID-19 Asian Response Teams to conduct outreach to community members at high risk during the pandemic. Made up of community health workers and behavior health counselors, each team's members were proficient in a different language. This allowed the Asian Health Service Center to provide over-the-phone counselling services, wellness checkups and basic emotional support in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese and English. In additions, the teams provided up-to-date COVID safety information and delivered culturally relevant groceries to participants. when vaccinations became available, the outreach teams pivoted to provide accurate information to clients in their native languages.

Roanoke, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Addressing community health

Description: The project will create an outdoor fitness area with fitness equipment suitable for use by older adults and picnic tables.

Mosier, OR

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Addressing community health

Description: This project outfitted a new commercial kitchen in Mosier's community center. The kitchen provides free weekly meals, a food pantry and space for nutritional-product development.

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Dunedin, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project added universal-access picnic tables to the playground at the library. It also created a story walk with signage explaining the city's history and other distinctions.

Pinellas County, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Innovative home maintenance, repair and support services

Description: The Florida Dream Center helps older adults in Pinellas County age in place, relying on federal grants and other funding sources to assist with home repairs and modifications. However, this funding is typically limited, meaning the nonprofit can only improve homes belonging to residents over the age of 62. To serve a larger subset of older adults, the Florida Dream Center created a program for residents between the ages of 50 to 61. Modifications include installing grab bars and handrails, replacing flooring, fixing holes in exterior walls, painting, rewiring exterior lights and mitigating rodents and other pests. By tapping a wide volunteer network to help make repairs, the Center has since expanded the services it offers to older homeowners.

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