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Gloucester, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project created a food pantry and vegetable garden at the clinic, affording patients better access to healthy foods.

Richmond, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: The Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition hoped to beautify the Green Park neighborhood and foster relationships between neighbors. To do this, the nonprofit worked to provide community gardening opportunities to residents. To allow older adults to grow produce at home, the nonprofit built 25 garden boxes. Additionally, they created an outdoor courtyard space with raised garden beds at Highland Park Apartments. The Coalition hired local youth to construct and deliver the self-water boxes. The Coalition also held two community gardening events. To help people participate, they offset a portion of public transportation fares for attendees. The Age Wave Coalition's gardening efforts operate under the talent-sharing model, which connects experienced gardeners with people interested learning more about growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Chesapeake, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project installed various equipment and features to a community garden, including raised-bed boxes, planter benches, a modular trellis system, an outdoor sink and a rain barrel.

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Arlington County, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: The Arlington Commission on Aging set out to make local intersections safer for pedestrians. After consulting data on pedestrian-involved crashes, the Commission worked with local organizations -- including nonprofits, churches, civic associations and the local fire department -- to identify ten crossings with high vehicle speeds and insufficient pedestrian infrastructure. Then they provided hand-held orange flags at crosswalks, which pedestrians can wave as they cross the street to make themselves more visible to passing drivers. Organizers mounted bins at eye-level on each side of the street to store the flags. In addition to improving safety, the effort also helped educate the community about the importance of traffic calming interventions.

Arlington, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Access to health care services

Description: This project will engage 25 volunteers to participate in a Senior Ambassador Program and provide older residents in their neighborhoods with information about local services. Additionally, the project will compile a Senior Resource Guide and translate it into Spanish.

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