Florence Christian Church Receives AARP Kentucky Community Challenge Grant for Bike Repair Station

AARP Kentucky is proud to announce that Florence Christian Church was selected to receive a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant, one of six (6) chosen recipients statewide.

The $2,730 grant will be used to provide a bike rack and bike repair station in the church parking lot for use by food pantry patrons, Fresh Start Shower Ministry users from the church and all residents of Florence.

“The Christian Church of Florence welcomes radically. Adding a bike repair station to our parking lot at the busy corner of US42 and the Dixie Freeway is a way for us to provide that welcome to people who are literally just passing through,” said Florence Christian Church Outreach Minister Melissa Stephens.

This project is among the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded to 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick action projects that will help communities become more livable in the long term by improving public places; transportation; lodging; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with a focus on the needs of adults aged 50 and over.

With this class of recipients, AARP is strengthening its investment in affordable and adaptable housing solutions in response to the national housing crisis. With additional financial support from Toyota Motor North America, the program is also increasing its support for projects that improve mobility innovation and transportation options.

All projects are expected to be completed by November 30, 2022 and are designed to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

• Create dynamic public places improving green spaces and parks and activating main streets.
• Offer a range of transportation and mobility options by increasing connectivity, walking, cycling, wayfinding and access to a wider range of transportation choices.
• Encourage availability of a range of housing by multiplying accessible and affordable housing solutions.
• Ensure a focus on diversity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community.
• Support community efforts to build engagement and leverage funding available through new federal programs through laws such as the American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, etc.
• Increase civic engagement with innovative, hands-on projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion.
• Other community improvements, including health services, community development and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are extremely excited to support the Christian Church of Florence as it strives to make immediate improvements, encourage promising ideas and initiate long-term change in the city of Florence,” said AARP Kentucky volunteer president Charlotte Whittaker. “Our goal at AARP Kentucky is to support our communities’ efforts to be great places for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.”

Since 2017, AARP Kentucky has awarded 24 grants and some $256,500 through the program to nonprofits and government entities across the state. The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s national Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, neighborhoods and rural areas to become livable places for people of all ages. See the full list of grantees and their project descriptions at www.aarp.org/communitychallenge and learn more about AARP’s Livable Communities at www.aarp.org/liveable.

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