It was a warm summer evening in New Orleans. The traffic on Carrollton Avenue was steady. One by one residents of the Carrollton-Hollygrove neighborhood started gathering in the parking lot where Firestone anchors the corner. The excitement was building. The music started playing.
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And the celebration began.
Dozens of residents, AARP members and volunteers, and AARP staff joined to open AARP’s first Community Resource Center in the country.
“This is an historic event in the life of our organization and this city. Our hope and expectation is that this center will be a model that will be duplicated in other states,” said Joan Ruff, Board of Directors, AARP.
The Community Resource Center increases AARP’s physical presence and outreach to communities in which they serve. AARP will continue to have a strong presence in Baton Rouge at the state capitol but it will also have a unique presence in communities where members live.
“This new center on the border of the Hollygrove neighborhood symbolizes AARP’s commitment to working and supporting our members and people who are 50+ right where they live,” said Nancy McPherson, State Director, AARP Louisiana.
People throughout the New Orleans area can get information about issues important to them. We can help them access benefits and services that support them in living their best lives. Our volunteers can also connect them with meaningful and fun opportunities for social and civic engagement.
“Here in New Orleans we work alongside our members to help them discover their ‘what’s next,’” said Brenda G. Hatfield, Volunteer State President, AARP Louisiana. “Hundreds of folks have joined a Soul Steppers walking club in their neighborhood, walking to a healthier lifestyle and meeting new people. We’ve also started a Biking for Boomers for those who enjoy cycling but haven’t ridden in a while.”
And, of course, the popular Driver Safety Program and Tax-Aide will be offered at the center too.
Stop by and see us at the new Community Resource Center and discover your what’s next.
AARP Community Resource Center
Carrollton Plaza Shopping Center
3502 S. Carrollton Avenue
Monday – Friday
10 a.m. - 5p.m.