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Brookhaven, GA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Inclusive civic engagement efforts

Description: This project created a newsletter featuring immigrant stories from the Buford Highway corridor and distributed it through a news rack stationed along thecommercial roadway. It also staged an event featuring recitations of the stories in five languages.

Miami Beach, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Inclusive civic engagement efforts

Description: While Miami Beach is home to many LGBTQ families, the stories of older gay couples go largely untold. Miami Beach Gay Pride Inc. created the Legacy Couples Project to tell the love stories of 14 older, queer couples who were at the forefront of the fight for equity and fairness. Project organizers commissioned portrait-style photographs, hour-long audio stories, on-camera interviews and a curated selection of personal artifacts. The audio stories, which a team multi-generational LGBTQ interns produced, were featured at two local museums and are now permanently archived at HistoryMiami.

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Columbus, OH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project created a community garden with raised garden beds and seating, so that people of all ages and abilities could enjoy the space.

Columbus, OH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public place improvements to withstand extreme weather events

Description: To reduce the urban heat island effect, Friends of the lower Olentangy Watershed planted large canopy trees at an elementary school playground and near a housing complex. The area has traditionally lacked tree cover, with the nearby properties having the least canopy cover of any residential area in the local watershed. The new trees increased the local canopy from 7 percent to 22 percent -- the average for Columbus as a whole. Volunteers -- including local Scouts -- helped plant the trees. In addition, project organizers installed benches at the playground to provide a respite to teachers, children and families using the playground equipment.

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