— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Arizona for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— By Miriam Davidson As past president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, Frank Barrios has collected some big donations for the homeless over the years. But few were as meaningful as the contributions he once received in front of a grocery store in a low-income part of town. “There were a lot of homeless people in the area,” Barrios, 76, recalled. “Several of them dug into their pockets and put all the money they had into …

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— The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place. The Census Bureau will continue to improve its use of mobile technology, geospatial innovations, and internet self-response. Who or what is the Census? The United States Census Bureau (USCB; officially the Bureau of the Census) is a principal agency responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director …

— AARP Arizona is helping to sponsor the Yavapai County StandDown, welcoming homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness for a range of services and resources. Veterans and their families are invited to the StandDown, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Frontier Village, 1841 E. State Highway 69 in Prescott. The StandDown provides resources such as housing and employment assistance and overnight stays. AARP Arizona volunteers will be distributing hygiene kits. Other services include Veterans Administration …

— Communities across Arizona are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Arizona.  The Community Challenge grants provide communities …

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— Are you an AARP Member? Are You a Veteran? Want to Get Out to More Events Affordably? We HAVE the Answer Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is celebrating their 10-year anniversary as the leading national nonprofit providing free event tickets to the military community. Since 2008, the Tempe, Arizona-based nonprofit has distributed more than 4 million tickets to the military community.  Last year alone Vet Tix distributed more than 1.3 million tickets. These tickets have helped military families to strengthen …

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— AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2018 Applications are currently being accepted through May 16, 2018 The AARP Community Challenge “quick-action” grant program, which is now accepting applications for 2018, is designed to spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. We know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But we also believe that quick actions can be the catalyst for long-term progress. These grants provide …

— By Miriam Davidson Retired factory workers Claude and Melissa Foley, together 30 years, were never “super athletic,” said Melissa, 52. “But we try to keep moving because we know what happens if you don’t.” Claude, 62, said that seeing his sedentary grandmother’s health decline made him want to stay active, even though he’s disabled after years of making soles for shoes and fiberglass bathtubs. “My arms don’t work very well, but my legs do,” said Claude, who goes for a …

— By Miriam Davidson In their 27 years together, makeup artist George Burson, 65, and husband David Samora, 58, have learned a thing or two about caregiving. The Phoenix couple, married in 2014, cared for Samora’s mother and Burson’s father. Both died of Alzheimer’s disease. They currently care for Gina, Burson’s 88-year-old mother, who has heart problems, diabetes and kidney issues—but not Alzheimer’s. “Her memory and hearing are probably better than mine,” Burson said. Caring for relatives—with and without dementia—has given …

— June 7, 2017                                                                    Contact: Jay Lickus Marketing Coordinator 623-584-4999 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 marketing@benevilla.org Benevilla Proud to be Part of 2017 City of Surprise Intergenerational Community Award Nomination West Valley, AZ – Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier human services nonprofit, is proud to be a partner with the City of Surprise who was selected as a National Finalist for the 2017 MetLife Foundation and Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. Since 2012, the awards program has recognized 24 innovative communities …

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—   Recognize a stellar volunteer in your community. The AARP Arizona State Office is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is June 2. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your online nomination. Thank you for submitting an online nomination. More About the Andrus Award …