AARP makes financial investments in 7 cities and towns

 

Seven organizations throughout Oklahoma will receive 2024 Community Challenge grants – part of AARP’s largest investment in communities to date with $3.8 million awarded among 343 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places, transportation, housing, digital connections, and more, with an emphasis on the needs of adults ages 50 and older.

Projects funded in Oklahoma include:

  • Comanche Nation Elder Council: This project will create a community garden where Comanche elders can grow vegetables and flowers.  Gardeners will plan, tend and harvest their plots and distribute produce to the community.
  • Food On the Move: This project will support operations at a community garden. The organization will provide older adult gardeners with accessibility assists, including knee pads and rolling chairs. Additionally, Food on the Move will launch nutrition education programming at the garden.

  • Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa: This project will provide home safety upgrades to housebound older adults. Improvements include smoke detectors, handrail and grab bar installation, and modifications to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Town of Cole: The town will create two community storm shelters, which residents can use during tornados and severe weather. Many Cole residents are older adults and lack safe places to go during storms.
  • Yukon 66 Main Street Association: This project will provide portable crosswalk signs for use during community events. Existing signals do not allow adequate time to cross, improving safety for older adults, people with disabilities and families with small children.
  • Native American Fellowship, Inc.: This project will create a community vegetable garden to grow Cherokee heirloom plants. The garden will feature raised beds and seating to accommodate older residents.
  • Town of Davenport: The town will provide portable generators and carbon monoxide detectors to older adult residents. The equipment will keep residents, especially those with electronic medical devices, supplied with power during storms and other disasters.