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Detroit, MI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Expansion and enhancement of transportation options

Description: The Literacy Center launched a pilot program to deploy electric autonomous passenger shuttles to transport older adults, veterans and people with disabilities. The 12-passenger, wheelchair-accessible shuttles operated on-demand five days a week. Individuals living in 17 senior living facilities near the Detroit Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital Campus use the shuttles to travel to medical appointments, pharmacies and shopping. The pilot introduced policy makers, stakeholders and residents to the AV concept and facilitated conversations about their vision for the future of autonomous vehicles. The project attracted additional funds from the private sector, three in-kind service vehicles and new partners.

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Rochester, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: After the City of Rochester cut its parks and recreation budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, many small parks in Rochester fell into disrepair. To address this, Family Service Rochester improved a pocket park in the City's Friendship Park neighborhood, a diverse, low-income area of the city. This project added new trees, benches and a multilingual information kiosk. A volunteer team dug holes, planted, watered and staked trees. Others chipped in to keep the park free of litter. Organizers say the project demonstrated that residents will invest their time to improve their neighborhood. After the project's completion, volunteers from the initiative were inspired to improve other parks in the area.


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