For the fourth annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP received more than 2,800 applications from nonprofits and government entities, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.
A total of more than $2.4 million is being distributed to fund 184 quick-action projects across the country, helping urban, rural and suburban communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
The full list of awardees is available here, and below are the Massachusetts-based projects:
- Beverly: Beverly Main Streets
Raised garden beds will be installed and planted with flowers and vegetables at the homes of 50 older residents. Each will be matched with a local family that will visit and assist with the gardening.
- Greenfield: City of Greenfield
A parking lot will be transformed into a park and community gathering spot in the center of the downtown area. Plans calls for the creation of a rain garden, the addition of a new bench at an existing bus stop, an outdoor chess table with chairs, and a bicycle pump and repair station.
- Roxbury and North Dorchester: Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Dynamic virtual spaces for intergenerational dialogue will enable residents to connect online in order to address community issues, attend workshops and join support groups.