AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Arkansas

AARP Funds Quick Action Community Project in Arkansas to Make Communities More Livable

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.AARP Arkansas today announced the state winner for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning project is Sources for Community Independent Living Services.

The project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017.

“AARP staff and volunteers work with local leaders and organizations throughout Arkansas to enhance the quality of life for all people of all ages,” said AARP Arkansas State Director Herb Sanderson. “Improving quality of life at the community level can take time to build and sustain. But quick actions can be the critical spark for longer-term progress, so we’re pleased to announce Sources for Community Independent Living Services as the Arkansas winner of the AARP Community Challenge.”

Sources for Community Independent Living Services of Fayetteville provides services, support, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. Sources is also focused on lifelong housing options and accessible design for Arkansans of every age and ability.

“Great communities require careful planning and time,” said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change.”

All of the winning projects in this challenge will deliver on one or all of the following:

  • Improve social connections through the built environment benefiting people of all ages and abilities in the community.
  • Expand opportunities for all residents, such as job, volunteer, and educational/training opportunities.
  • Drive inclusive community engagement and interaction across a diverse population.

For a complete list of the winners and projects, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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