— 2019 Community Challenge Applications are currently being accepted now 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 actions 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. Do you have a project in mind? The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and …

— Wildfires are a fact of life in California, but we’ve never seen anything like the devastation of the past two years. Millions of Californians have been affected, from breathing unhealthy air to losing their homes, and even losing loved ones. These fires have brought unprecedented sorrow and hardship to Californians of all ages — but particularly to older Californians, who sadly represent a large portion of the fatalities caused by these fires. Recovery will take years. But as Californians rebuild …

— AARP California is forming a Veterans Advisory Council to help us build a strategy for serving and working with veterans and organizations across the state.  The Council will also review any veteran-related bills in the legislature and make recommendations to the state director on appropriate action. The ideal member will have experience in one or more of the following areas:  general veterans’ issues, veterans with disabilities, self-employed veterans, veterans who are caregivers, young/student veterans, etc. This is a VOLUNTEER role. …

— AARP California is proud to present Lisa Oakley with the 2018 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. This is the association’s most prestigious volunteer award that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Lisa Oakley, from Saratoga, California, truly embodies AARP’s vision and mission. AARP California selected Lisa Oakley for her remarkable service and for the impact she has had on the lives of others and on her community. Oakley …

— At AARP we know it takes time to build great communities, but we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. The AARP Community Challenge grant provides communities across the country with the chance to fund quick action projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open spaces, housing, and other innovative ideas to improve communities and make them better places to live for all ages and abilities. After a successful 2017, with 90 grantees nationally, this initiative …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using their skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? AARP state offices are 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 California Andrus Awards for Community Service nominations is August 1st. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your …

— Join the City of Fremont at their Age-Friendly events! Age-Friendly Community Dialogue When: Wednesday, April 25th | 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Teen Center | 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA What: Join the City of Fremont’s efforts to be an age-friendly community. As a member of the world health organization’s age-friendly global network, we are interested in how you think an age-friendly community is a livable community for all. For more information click HERE.   Age-Friendly Health Expo When: …

— AARP Livable Communities Charrette: Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets in San Jose NOTE: Although the charrette has ended, progress on the two sites continues to be made. Learn what’s evolving around the North 13th Street Business Corridor site HERE. Learn what’s evolving around the Berryessa/BART Urban Village site HERE. For questions or comments, please contact caaarp@aarp.org. Take part in a multi-day design event in your community! From April 30th – May 5th, AARP will host an AARP Livable Communities Charrette to …

— 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 localities and nonprofits the chance to fund innovative …

— The AARP survey, entitled “California Dreaming…or Struggling: Gen X and Boomer Financial Security,”  reveals that for the most part Californians are not ready for retirement and it is largely due to housing related expenses. AARP California wants to help you take control of your finances. We are sharing DIY tips and tools bi-weekly on social media to help you save more or begin to save. Here is a summary of what was shared in December!   CUT COSTS NOW Many …