— 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 Nebraska for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Omaha hosted a neighborhood festival, and the city will soon have more benches, planters and art installations as part of an initiative to make the area more appealing to residents of all ages. Thanks to funding from two AARP Community Challenge grants, Omaha is improving its transportation and mobility options and creating vibrant public places. A grant to ONE Omaha was used to host the Omaha NeighborFest 2018 in September. The event featured project demonstrations, neighborhood tours, local vendors and …

— AARP in Lincoln is bringing you MORE opportunities to connect locally. Check out our upcoming summer events. We invite you to participate, learn and enjoy! Free Ice Cream Cone UNL Dairy Store – University of Nebraska – Lincoln 114 Food Industry Complex Lincoln, NE 68503 Tuesday, July 3 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: FREE Enjoy a free ice cream cone with AARP at the UNL Dairy Store, 114 Food Industry Complex, UNL East Campus.  Stop at our AARP table …

— AARP Nebraska’s team of Hastings volunteers is joining forces with Mary Lanning Healthcare to host a Care to Share mobility medical equipment drive on June 16. The drive will be held at Mary Lanning Healthcare, 715 North St. Joseph Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All items to be donated must be clean and gently used. Accepted items include: wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, metal canes, shower chairs, bed rails, knee scooters and walkers. Any items that are soiled, porous or …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. 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.  Projects may range in …

— Lincoln, Neb. — Ensuring that Nebraska’s rapidly growing 65-plus population is able to find the right care at the right time tops the list of issues that AARP will champion during the 2018 legislative session. LB 1004, sponsored by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, sets up a permanent Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at locations across the state. The one-stop information and assistance centers were first launched as a demonstration project in 2015 to connect older and disabled Nebraskans …

—   Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. 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, …

— Join AARP Nebraska on January 16th, 2018 for a presentation on the “Past and Present Hastings”.  The one hour presentation will begin at 1:00 PM and speaker, Elizabeth Spilinek, will take questions after the presentation. Spilinek is the Executive Director of Adams County Society and will use her knowledge of Hastings’ architecture to tell the story of the people, places and events that shaped Hastings. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring a can of food or …

— Residents of central Nebraska can take advantage of a community transit program to catch low-cost rides to medical appointments or to run errands. Public transportation options are scarce in rural areas, as are ride-sharing programs such as Uber and Lyft. As a result, people who don’t drive often rely on family members or friends for transportation or don’t go. But in seven counties—Adams, Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Hamilton and Kearney—a publicly funded program called Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE) Transit …

—   Back by popular demand for the 12th year, AARP Nebraska and Shred-It will host a free community shredding day in Omaha on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at The Center Mall on 42nd and Center Sts. Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. People can avoid becoming victims of identity theft by shredding confidential documents with personal information, such as cancelled checks, credit card offers, old bank and financial statements and medical bills. The convenient drive-through shredding session will run …

— AARP’s top volunteer state leader will be in Scottsbluff on April 10 and Grand Island on April 12 to visit informally with AARP members and the public. “We invite residents to learn more about what AARP is doing in the community and across the state on behalf of Nebraskans age 50 and over,” said Dave Holmquist, state president of AARP Nebraska. “I’ll be on hand to answer questions, share information about our work on the federal, state and local level …