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Honolulu, HI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Community Health and Economic Empowerment

Description: To help residents afford needed services and connect with one another, Kanu Hawaii expanded the local timebank program, an economic exchange based on skill-sharing in which participants barter services. Engaging an experienced timebank coordinator, the organization expanded the Kokua Exchange from three localized timebanks on one island to 14 timebanks statewide. In addition, organizers trained volunteers to become timebank coordinators and developed a member database to track exchanges within local communities.

Wilmington, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Community Health and Economic Empowerment

Description: In March 2020, the Delaware Children's Museum closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of Grandparents Day in September, museum staff developed a specialized online curriculum for grandparents (and the grand at heart -- those who aren't officially grandparents but serve the in the role). Project organizers distributed 300 You're Grand activity bags at the museum's drive-through and at a local community center. Each bag included instructions for remote activities for connecting with grandchildren online or over the phone.

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Tallahassee, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Expansion and enhancement of transportation options

Description: This project provided transportation services to older adults in Leon County to help them better access food, medical care and other services.

Tallahassee, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: Following a year-long planning process, the City of Tallahassee constructed a linear park in its Greater Bond neighborhood. The park includes a walking trail stretching from Speed Spencer Stephens Park on the east side of the city to the St. Marks Trail to the west. Originally a drainage easement, the site once had an open ditch running through it. To ensure the new park's accessibility, the City installed a bench swing and a wheelchair-accessible drinking fountain with a water bottle filler. Designed as a community gathering space, project organizers hope the linear park acts as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.


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