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

— Got an idea for a community project you’d like to see become a reality? This month, AARP Vermont is offering a free workshop on how to create livable public spaces that are engaging and accessible for people of all ages. Participants will also have the chance to apply for a $3,000 grant from AARP Vermont to purchase supplies and to promote their proposals. The half-day training in White River Junction is Friday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., …

— Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. 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 …

—   Enjoy a free cup of coffee and share your ideas on making Greater Burlington more livable. Please join us Wednesday, February 14 from 9AM – 10AM.  NOTE: I have several free copies of the AARP book “Your Brain: Boost your memory and Improve Your Life; Smart Foods, Mental Workouts, Power of the Mind” that I will hand out to attendees. Please join us over a cup of coffee or tea ~ What: Coffee Hour with AARP VT with Coffee & Snacks When: February 14 from 9AM -10AM, Second Wednesday of Every Month Location: Nomad Coffee VT, …

— AARP Vermont has awarded grants to four organizations to support their efforts to make Burlington a more livable city. This year’s awards, totaling $6,850, focused on the LGBTQ community, transportation for newly settled refugees, the arts for older adults, and neighborhood mobility. The Pride Center, in collaboration with Champlain College students, will conduct a needs assessment of LGBTQ older adults to shape the center’s programming and outreach. AALV, which helps newly settled refugees, partnered with Old Spokes Home to provide …

— Here’s a listing of several special events and activities offered at a discount to our AARP members in Vermont. Music, theatre, fitness, art and more… VSO AARP MENBERS DISCOUNT 20% off the adult ticket price Holiday Pops with VSO José Daniel Flores-Caraballo leads the Orchestra and Chorus in a festive program that ranges from an a cappella version of “Jingle Bells” to the blockbuster “Many Moods of Christmas.” We pay tribute to the late great Robert De Cormier with three …

—     Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including 3 recipients right here in Vermont.  A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed …

— The City of Winooski’s first-ever parklet project is coming to Main Street. What is a parklet?  Parklets are public seating platforms that convert curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces. Most parklets have a distinctive design that incorporates seating, greenery, and/or other pedestrian-friendly features. About the project On March 27th, 2018, AARP awarded the City of Winooski Community Services Department with their Placemaking Demonstration Project Grant in the amount of $3,000. These funds will be applied to creating a special seasonal parklet that will …

—       Change always starts with a good idea and energy…and sometimes a little jump start! As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of …

— Walk Audit Report The growing population over 50 represents both a transformative force by itself and a net asset to the city of Burlington. In 2006, AARP Vermont launched the Burlington Livable Community Project, a collaborative approach to planning for the demands an aging population will place on Burlington as a city, its residents, and its resources while recognizing how older adults will continue to fuel economic activity far longer than past generations have. Today, AARP Vermont’s efforts for a …

—   2018 is proving to be a busy year at AARP Vermont. From protecting Medicare and Social Security to cutting VT tax on Social Security and fraud prevention outreach, your team in Vermont is on the job. That’s why we want to give you a special opportunity to get occasional updates on the issues that matter to older Vermonters, by joining our mobile team. When you join, you’ll get alerts via text message and you’ll be the first to receive …