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Woodbine, IA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Improved wayfinding

Description: To create a sense of place in the downtown Historic District, Woodbine Main Street designed and installed a dozen interpretive signs. The signs -- which volunteers placed on downtown buildings -- communicate historical facts, as well as local cultural context and human-interest stories. Project organizers say the placemaking initiative turns the district into an outdoor museum. Woodbine Main Street features the signage in its series of walking field trips -- part of the organization's efforts to improve walkability throughout Woodbine.

Seattle, WA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Improved wayfinding

Description: The Pike Market Food Bank, part of Seattle's landmark Pike Place Market, provides free meals, groceries, healthy activities and other assistance to more than 5,000 low-income and unhoused residents. But the food bank's location in the Market parking garage -- one floor below street level -- made it difficult to find. Staff worried this discouraged those in need from using the food bank's services. To solve this, the organization installed directional signs on exterior walls and near elevators to guide people to the site. Additionally, grant funds helped the food bank to paint its interior, making it more welcoming to clients.

Goffstown, NH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Improved wayfinding

Description: The five-and-a-half mile Goffstown Rail Trail connects the town's three commercial areas. To help trail users navigate, Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail erected new signs with information about nearby businesses and facilities, as well as tidbits of Goffstown history. Since installation, business owners along the trail have reported more visitors in their shops. And as Goffstown plans for a future trail expansion, the signs have helped build community buy-in and attract donations to fund that project.

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Dover, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: This project installed three bicycle repair stations along the Capital City Trail and outside the public library.

New Castle County, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Addressing community health

Description: As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, staff at the Latin American Community Center knew they needed to begin outreach efforts to ensure that New Castle's Latino communities received information about staying safe. Most of our community are essential workers, so it has affected us greatly, said Alicia Dominguez, community engagement coordinator for the ConneXiones initiative. We have clients who are positive in COVID and aren't able to work, The Center conducted a community assessment and developed an action plan. They then held pop-up testing sites and vaccination events, which reached many residents. In addition, LACC supported programs to connect residents to food assistance and rent or mortgage relief.

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