— 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!

—     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 …

— Enjoy a free cup of coffee and learn about CarShare Vermont. Tim Boyle will talk about their collaboration with AARP and the benefits of carsharing as part of an active multimodal lifestyle. CarShare VT is also running a special promotion for residents age 55+ that Tim will share information about. AARP VT’s coffee hour discussion will be led by our volunteers on relevant, timely issues.  You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and have a chance to visit …

— AARP is focused on a placemaking process that incorporates the needs and desires of a community to catalyze quick improvements and promote true livability.  A partnership between AARP VT, VDH, YMCA, Community Workshop and ACCD is interested in exploring how placemaking can help grow strong local economies, support, healthy active lifestyles for people of all ages and ability while strengthening a community’s historical, natural and cultural assets. Two recent workshops in Brattleboro and Burlington featured presentations and discussion on how …

—   Are you a musician…or just into music?  There’s a non-profit in Burlington that could use your help on some projects. Big Heavy World has been preserving and promoting Vermont-made music since 1996. It’s a volunteer-staffed music office that provides technical support, mentoring and promotion for every kind of music and creates resources for all to share. They bring Vermont musicians together. Volunteer!  Big Heavy operates 105.9FM The Radiator, a truly local community radio station.  AARP members are welcome to …

— AARP Vermont partnered with Smart Growth America on Nov. 6 to host a Vermont-specific webinar on implementing complete streets principles in rural and small towns across the state. Attendees and officials from towns and villages across Vermont participated. Complete Streets policies ensure that transportation agencies and municipalities routinely design and operate the right of ways to enable safe access for everyone on the road. Complete Streets guidelines make community and roadway planners think about how people can access the community …

— The state’s population is aging, and AARP Vermont wants to help communities plan for that change. AARP is working with policymakers, developers and business people on smart approaches to housing, transportation and infrastructure improvements. In June, AARP and the Vermont Natural Resources Council hosted a Smart Growth Summit at Champlain College. Participants “took away ideas and information that they can act upon, share with colleagues and build into their work,” said Kelly Stoddard-Poor, AARP Vermont director of community outreach. Among …