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Call for Proposals Deadline is this Saturday - Nov. 15!
Senator Grassley to Accept the First Grandfamilies Champion Award!
Sign up for NHSA's Unique Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate Program
A GRANDfamily Strategy for the Holidays
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Time Is Running Out - 2015 Annual Meeting Proposals Due Nov. 21
It's National Caregiver Month!
Doctor Who Season 8 - Culture United
Get Ready for National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
OASIS - Cool Ideas
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 45
November 12, 2014

Call for Proposals Deadline is this Saturday - Nov. 15!

Generations United is seeking proposals for our conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Successful proposals are those that will enhance the intergenerational field's capacity for developing programs and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. Attendees must register by Dec. 1Learn more


While you're on our conference website, take advantage of early registration. You don't want to miss our incredible line-up of events that include pre-conference/site visits, inspiring keynotes, motivating educational sessions, culture-based and environmental action projects and more. Learn more

Senator Grassley to Accept the first Grandfamilies Champion Award!
Our Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Report Release event just got even better! Join us for a reception on Dec. 3, 5pm to 7pm, in Washington, D.C., as we release  a unique report that shines a light on grandfamilies and honor Senator Chuck Grassley with our first Grandfamilies Champion Award! Learn more and register today!
Sign up for NHSA's Unique Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate Program
The deadline is Nov. 30 for this first-ever executive leadership program co-sponsored by the National Human Services Assembly, Indiana University (School of Public and Environmental Affairs and The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), and Arizona State University (Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation). The certificate program has a number of elements that make it "doable" for the aspiring local or national nonprofit leader. Learn more

A GRANDfamily Strategy for the Holidays

Just in time for Thanksgiving, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent's article, "Holidays are not always merry and bright," which first appeared in GRAND Magazine, provides a GRANDfamily strategy that helps grandparents raising grandchildren navigate holiday stressors. Read the article.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United welcomes our new member, Visions/Services for the Blind & Visually Impairedrenewing members, Sunshine Care, and thanks Donna Butts and Bill Libro, who gave in honor of  "Rob Dugger's 70th birthday & many years of commitment to Generations United's mission." Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Time Is Running Out - 2015 Annual Meeting Proposals Due Nov. 21
Do you have a great session idea for LeadingAge's Annual Meeting? Then submit an original, thought-provoking proposal that will enable aging services providers to share creative approaches, innovative practices and emerging trends impacting the field. For questions, email Learn more and submit your proposal
It's National Caregiver Month!
Each year, caregivers juggle personal and home care, transport their loved ones to medical appointments, and often make tough financial decisions so the people they love can age with dignity and remain in their homes and communities as long as possibleIn honor of them and this month, we highlight the article, "Supporting Those Who Care for Others" by Greg Link, a program specialist for the Administration for Community Living's Aging Services. Learn more
Culture United

Doctor Who - Season 8

Last week, this classic British sci-fi television series wrapped its eighth season since its 2005 reboot. The show features an alien - the titular Doctor, played by a different actor every few years - and his human companion adventuring through time and space. This year, the Doctor was played by a 56-year-old Scotsman (Peter Capaldi), who is accompanied by a 28-year-old school teacher, named Clara (Jenna Coleman). While past seasons have often featured romantic tension between the Doctor and his companions, season eight was notable for showing the wisdom of age and the compassion of youth working together to save the universe. Learn moreDo you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. Disclaimer: 

Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

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Get Ready for National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-23)

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week starts next weekend, in time for the holiday season. Here are some resources to engage your community this Thanksgiving:
OASIS - Cool Ideas
Here's a cool idea from OASIS: movie spoofs that help promote healthy choices, which is part of their CATCH Healthy Habits program that helped nearly 20,000 children and volunteers learn new ways to have fun while making healthy decisions. Their latest video clip, "Miracle," pays homage to the 1980 U.S. Hockey team's "Miracle on Ice." Watch the Miracle video clip. 

Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group or just text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration. 
Funding Opportunities

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches that address environmental challenges. Deadline: Dec. 16, 2014. Learn more


Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants. Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Deadline: midnight on Jan. 15, 2015. Learn more


If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources
All in the Family: A Practical Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living 
In this book, Sharon Graham Niederhaus and John L. Graham offer commentary and solutions based in part on interviews with over 100 people. It's filled with ideas about how to design your living arrangements to fit your family's needs in the coming decades. Learn more

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 
These Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!

Medicare and Medicaid: The Next 50 Years. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 28 - 29, 2015. Learn more


47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


2015 National Conference on Bullying. School Safety Advocacy Council, Florida Association of School Administrators and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers. Orlando, FL. Feb. 24-27, 2015. Learn more


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


Ready by 21 National Meeting. The Forum for Youth Investment. New Orleans, LA. March 31 - April 2, 2015. Learn more 


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-11, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

In the News                 

As part of their "My Big Break" series, NPR's All Things Considered featured James Earl Jones, an award-winning actor and the iconic voice of Darth Vader, who attributes his public success to his grandparents, who adopted him. Listen to "James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star."  


"There are times when the adoption process is exhausting and painful and makes you want to scream. But, I am told, so does childbirth." ~Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition and author of Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other 

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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