We have been selected as a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee! 

Mt. Airy CDC is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant. With this “quick-action” grant, we’ve crafted an edition of the PhillyiHub program specifically geared toward adults 50+ looking to build their entrepreneurship skills. It’s called PhillyiHub+. The program, which will take place over six Monday evenings beginning on November 9th, is free for qualifying participants.

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected Mt. Airy CDC to receive this grant,” said Brad Copeland, Mt. Airy CDC’s Executive Director. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value PhillyiHub+ will bring to our community.”

About the Community Challenge

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, smart cities, civic engagement, coronavirus response and more. In our case, the grant funds business/entrepreneurship development. We are one of only 184 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’re one of only five in Pennsylvania, and two in Philadelphia. 

It’s all 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. AARP believes 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. 

PhillyiHub instructor David Simons and program facilitator Aaron Crump

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 184 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.

PhillyiHub+ course to launch on November 9th

“We’re grateful to AARP for helping us to expand our business training program to a new and important audience,” said Aaron Crump, the program facilitator. “Everyone can be called to entrepreneurship, and we’re thrilled to make a new skill set available to engaged older adults.”


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