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Family Futures Book
Modern Family Relationships Support a Strong America
Generations United Celebrating with Seabury
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Lynnwood Senior Center
Call for Submissions
Living in a Multigenerational Home
Request for Women out of the Workforce
National Foster Care Month
Listen to a Life Contest Winners Announced
Mental Health Awareness Month
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 Volume 9, Issue 19
May 14, 2014

New Report Looks at the Role Generations of Family Members Play in Overall Resiliency and Success

At Tuesday's (May 13) National Press Club event in Washington, DC, Generations United and the Alliance for Children and Families released their latest report, Intergenerational Family Connections: The Relationships that Support a Strong America. The report, based on findings of a new poll Generations United and the Alliance for Children and Families commissioned from Harris Interactive, bolsters one focus of the United Nations 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014: the strength of intergenerational solidarity and social cohesion. Among the report findings: 61 percent of Americans with living parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, great-grandparents, or great-grandchildren reported giving extended family financial support for basic needs, e.g. housing, food, and transportation, amounting to an average of $3,800 annually. Download the full report to learn more.   
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International Year of the Family 2014 Commemorative Publication

In celebration of United Nations 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2014), Tudor Press published Family Futures, which includes Donna Butts's paper, "Stronger together: intergenerational solidarity in families and communities." Donna will also be presenting during tomorrow's event at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Family Futures is a fully illustrated landmark publication that seeks to educate and inform a far wider audience of the role played by family in successful sustainable communities. Check out the digital edition online. After May 15, hardcopies will be available for sale through the UN's Bookshop.

Modern Family Relationships Support a Strong America
In their Huffington Post piece, Donna Butts and Susan Dreyfus explains how today's modern families are a parachute for one another. "This chute is woven not by parents alone," according to Butts and Dreyfus, "but by extended family such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and others who work together to allow all generations of a family to not only land safely, but also thrive." Read on

Generations United Celebrating with Seabury

We're excited that Donna Butts will be awarded the 2014 Leadership in Aging Award at Seabury Resources for Aging's 90th anniversary dinner at the National Press Club on June 1. The award, according to Seabury, is for our organization's "work as a champion of the development and expansion of policies and programs bringing children, youth and older adults together." Donna's among the three honorees for that evening. Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us make 2014 even better.

Lynnwood Senior Center - Creative Program Ideas Series

In part four, we feature the Lynnwood Senior Center - of Lynnwood, Washington - as part of our series on cool ideas. Each week, we'll highlight an age-intentional program on our blog. Got something cool you tried that was successful? Then here's your chance to get on our blog! We want to hear from youDisclaimer:  The ideas we spotlight does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs - share the inspiration. Learn more about the Lynnwood Senior Center.

Call for Submissions

EMK Press invites adoptive parents raising younger relatives to submit stories and advice for the upcoming publication, The Kinship Parenting Toolbox. Participants will be identified by circumstance (i.e. Grandma parenting two grandchildren ages 3 and 6) instead of by name. Please send submissions to Learn more about the publisher

Living in a Multigenerational Home

The three ways to sum up the benefits of living in multigenerational homes are as such: a family solution, an alternative to building an addition, and more economical than alternatives. In her article for, Marilyn Bowden explores those advantages and more. Read on 

Request for Women out of the Workforce

A reporter is seeking women ages 45-54 who have dropped out of the workforce after being laid off during, or in the years following, the most recent recession. If you know of any such person and could pass along their names and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King, so we can share them with the reporter, she would be very grateful. 

National Foster Care Month

In observance of this commemorative month, we're highlighting the Department of Health and Human Services' Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a guide to free and low-cost benefits and assistance, health and safety resources, data and publications, and state resources. Learn more

Legacy Project Announces Winners of Listen to a Life Essay Contest

Michelle Jiang's touching essay on how a caring teacher once helped her grandfather, Rulin Jin, get into college won the Grand Prize for the Legacy Project's Listen to a Life Contest. The 13-year-old was among the young participants (8-18 years old) who interviewed older adults aged 50 or over about their life experiences, then submitted a 300-word essay. This year's youngest entrant was nine years old, the oldest was 98 years old. Meet the winners

A Resource for Mental Health Awareness Month

Broadcast journalist Margaret Larson once said: "Mental illness is an equal-opportunity illness. Every one of us is impacted by mental illness." That statement is a lived reality for grandparents and other relatives raising children with disabilities. During Mental Health Awareness Month, we're raising awareness of major programs and services through Grand Resources: A Grandparent's and Other Relative's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities

Publications for Sale

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations are available for the shipping and handling price. At $3.50, Under One Roof is an invaluable guide on starting and strengthening intergenerational shared site programs, where children/youth and older adults participate in ongoing services and/or programming concurrently at the same site. Connecting Generations, a user-friendly guide to creating meaningful intergenerational programs, is available for $4.50. Order your copies today!

Funding Opportunities
Safeway Foundation Grants. The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofits providing services in four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Deadlines: quarterly and biannual. Learn more


Youth Grants. Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to support a National Resource Center to enhance the capacity of programs designed to serve abandoned infants, young children and their families, particularly infants and children infected with HIV/AIDS, or perinatally exposed to a dangerous drug. Deadline: June 9, 2014. Learn more

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

Great Resources

Enhancing Support and Advocacy for Children in Kinship, Foster, and Adoptive Families. Advocates for Families First. Thurs., May 29, 1pm eastern (12pm central, 11am mountain and 10am pacific). Learn more


Advocates for Families First Policy Agenda. Advocates for Families First. Weds., June 25, 1pm eastern (12pm central, 11am mountain and 10am pacific). Learn more 

Fifth Annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Conference. The Treehouse Foundation. Holyoke, MA. May 30.

The Creative Age: NCCA National Leadership Exchange and Conference.
Creative Aging. Washington, DC. June 10-14, 2014. Learn more 

n4a Answers on Aging Conference. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Dallas, TX. July 12-16, 2014. Learn more


"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.~Gail Lumet Buckley

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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