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AARP Funds A Quick Action Community Project in SD To Make Communities More Livable

AARP South Dakota is excited to announce a local winner of the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change at the community-level. The winning project comes from NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources in Rapid City, SD.  The project was one of 89 grants funded nationally through the AARP Community Challenge grant competition and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017.

“South Dakota is full of vibrant neighborhoods and communities,” said AARP South Dakota State Director, Erik Gaikowski. “AARP SD is proud to be working across the state to help strengthen these localities and make them even better places to live, work and play while enabling our members to remain in their homes, where they want to be.”

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will be working with the College Park Block Club of Rapid City to promote the North Rapid neighborhood by placing street flags at prominent intersections. The goal of this project is to help increase the pride that residents feel in their neighborhood and continue to build momentum for additional neighborhood improvement projects.

“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.”

AARP Community Challenge grant winners represent communities in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.  All winning projects will deliver on one or all of the following goals:

  • 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 To learn more about AARP's Livable Communities resources, visit