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AARP Opens Community Challenge Grants for 2019 (Photo) - 02/20/19

Clackamas, OR —AARP has opened applications for the 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its third year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand dollars for larger projects.

"We've seen these mini grants spark change and new solutions in communities across Oregon from Port Orford to Hood River," said AARP Oregon State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts. "We're excited to see the creative proposals from commuity groups this year," she said.

The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. AARP will prioritize projects with permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities.” New in 2019, this category will encourage applicants to develop and implement innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data to increase quality of life for all, as well as engage in decision-making about housing, transportation, economic development, placemaking, infrastructure or other community aspects.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Other community improvements. In addition to the four areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about local needs and new, innovative ideas for addressing them.

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 217 grants through the AARP Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing 50 states and U.S. territories. Oregon winners in 2018 included:

  • Hood River: City of Hood River
    Grant funds will enable Streets Alive! Hood River to pilot an open streets program, in which streets are closed off to cars and opened to pedestrians, enabling a host of public space exercise activities such as yoga and dance classes. 
     
  • Portland: Verde
    The grant supports Verde’s Mobile Home Repair Extravaganza by funding up to eight home repairs for older adults, families with children, and residents with disabilities. The home repairs completed with this grant will address critical health, safety and livability issues impacting low-income residents. 
     
  • Prineville: Crook County on the Move
    The grant will provide for the installation of four age-friendly benches along a bicycle and pedestrian pathway

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The 2019 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 17, 2019, and all projects must be completed by November 4, 2019. To submit an application or learn more, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.

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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. There are more than 500,000 AARP members in Oregon.

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AARP Tax Aide Sites About To Open Across Oregon - 01/31/19

Clackamas, Oregon Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing free, in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run, free tax preparation service.

AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers helped to returned nearly $50 million back to Oregon families in 2018 in tax refunds.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required. People of all ages can use the service.

“AARP Tax Aide provides a valuable service to our members and the general public,” said AARP Oregon State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts.  “It's a wonderful program of neighbors helping neighbors in communities where they live across our state," she said. 

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2018, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $213 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). They also avoided any tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

Last year in Oregon, 1,095 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped file more than 45,000 federal and state tax returns.  Oregonians received $48,474,898 in refunds and an additional $11 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. The program is offered at approximately 130 locations throughout the state, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

 

About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Bolstered by vigorous legal advocacy, we spark bold, innovative solutions that foster resilience, strengthen communities and restore hope. To learn more about AARP Foundation visit aarpfoundation.org