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AARP Invests in Communities Across The Virgin Islands through One Organization as Part of Nationwide Grant Program

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Communities across The Virgin Islands are working to become more livable for residents of all ages.

AARP is working in partnership with local leaders, organizations and dedicated residents to help make that vision a reality. As part of that effort, AARP is excited to announce the largest investment of grant dollars to date through the Community Challenge grant program. More than $3.4 million in quick-action grants are being distributed to 260 organizations across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation; public spaces; housing; diversity, equity, and inclusion; civic engagement; and more. This year, with additional funding support from Toyota Motor North America, the program is also increasing its investment in projects that improve mobility innovation and transportation options.

AARP is also bolstering its support of affordable and adaptable housing solutions in response to the national housing crisis, as well as those that address disparities through permanent or temporary solutions. Many of this year’s projects also include ways to help communities leverage funding under the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

AARP in The Virgin Islands is incredibly proud to have one grantee right here in our Territory. Our goal is to support their efforts to create great places for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. As local leaders seek to better their communities for the future, this becomes even more critical.

Here in The Virgin Islands, these exciting and diverse project funded is:

  • St. Croix Orchid Society, Inc., which will repair damages from 2017’s Hurricane Maria to the historic Orchid House at the St. George Village Botanical Garden. Repairs will include replacing the ridgepole and rafters, shade cloth, and grillwork on the front of the building. There will also be irrigation system updates.

    The Community Challenge is part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. We believe that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

    To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge both here in The Virgin Islands as well as across the nation, visit You can also view an interactive map of all of the Community Challenge projects and AARP in The Virgin Islands livable communities work at

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