Grants Help Make Four OR Communities More Age-Friendly
Friday, August 11, 2023
Four Oregon organizations have received grants from AARP Oregon to help make their communities more age friendly.
One of the chosen projects is the Sutherlin Library Foundation, in a small community north of Roseburg in central Oregon. The foundation will receive $4,000 to offer classes on digital technology for older people.
Pat Lynch, director of the Sutherlin Public Library, said the library couldn't do this without the grant.
"To be able to keep up with kids and grandkids and to just kind of be on a level playing field in terms of communicating, we think this is really key," he said.
AARP Oregon selected the projects from a pool of applicants for the national organization's other grant program, the Community Challenge Grant. For that program, AARP chose six programs in Oregon in June.
Lynch said grant programs such as this are critical for many commmunities.
"Anybody that you talk to, I think, in terms of smaller organizations, more rural towns particularly, and folks that are dealing with the older age segment will tell you that this kind of funding is hard to come by," he said.
Three other organizations were selected for AARP Oregon's Age-Friendly Community Challenge Grant program. The Grant County Cybermill will receive $3,500 to support technology classes and programming. The NAACP in Eugene will get $2,500 to build a community garden, and the League of Women Voters of Lane County will receive $600 for Spanish translation of its material.
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