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West Sacramento, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Emergency preparedness skills

Description: West Sacramento officials were disturbed by the statistics: older adults are more than twice as likely to die or be injured in a house fire. City officials commissioned a video to educate older adults about ways to improve fire safety, focusing specifically on people living in areas with higher incidences of fire-related accidents. The video featured the local fire marshal and residents, who were quizzed on their knowledge of fire safety. They discussed whether they had fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in their homes and what they thought was the leading cause of fires. The video aired on public access television and project organizers posted it online and promoted it via social media. Additionally, the City handed out 96 free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to locals.

Honolulu, HI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Emergency preparedness skills

Description: Low-income older adults in Honolulu's Chinatown neighborhood experience everyday stresses that can compromise their ability to adapt to environmental impacts. The Krause Family Foundation connected local elders with climate change research scientists, artists and civic leaders. To do this, project organizers installed several self-teaching learning stations and created a temporary art installation. The mural-like installation -- which they displayed at the ARTS at Marks Garage -- portrayed individual and neighborhood climate action goals. Organizers say the project helped older adults consider the impact of stressors such as heat, a lack of walkability, unsafe crosswalks, flooding and poor waste management.

Portland, OR

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Emergency preparedness skills

Description: This project created workshops to train older adults to prepare for emergencies. It also supplied participants with appropriate materials.

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Washington, DC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Capturing data and feedback from residents

Description: The 1882 Foundation hoped to strengthen community identity and increase civic engagement in DC's Chinatown, particularly among older adults. The Foundation designed a digital map featuring stories about places with historical and cultural significance to the neighborhood's longtime community members, including past and present residents and leaders. The Foundation distributed storytelling kits, which included tools to help participants tell their stories by writing and recording audio. Project organizers provided storytellers with bilingual instructions in English and Mandarin. To promote the initiative, the Foundation held a Mid-Autumn Festival event at the Wah Luck House, an affordable housing complex. Organizers say the digital platform will help inform urban planning policies by ensuring community priorities are included in redevelopment proposals for Chinatown.

Washington, DC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: To increase older adults' mobility, the Capitol Hill Village worked to raise residents' awareness of the local transportation offerings. The nonprofit offered social events and educational programming to teach more than 100 residents how to get around without driving. The trainings covered pedestrian safety and provided older adults with in-depth information on transportation services, including the Metrorail system, Capital Bikeshare and local paratransit service. Project organizers say participants increased their knowledge of and confidence using local transportation options.


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