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Grandparents Day Ideas
Generations United in the News
August is Family Heritage Month
The 2013 Expenditures on Children by Families Report
Congrats, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra!
Lemoore Adult Day Care Center - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign
Apply Now to be a Best Intergenerational Community
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Explore the Updated Intergenerational Programs Map
Intergeneration Month: September and All Ages Together Campaign
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
In the News
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 Volume 9, Issue 34
August 27, 2014

Grandparents Day Ideas

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Generations United in the News

1) Last week, Angela Rae interviewed Donna Butts for her TV show D.C. Breakdown, which focused on America's changing family demographics.Watch this segment. 2) Vanessa Hua's NBC News article focused on Asian multigenerational households. The article included a quote from Donna. Read the story.

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August is Family Heritage Month

We honor family legacies by highlighting the Cambodian Association of Great Philadelphia's Legacy Project, which addresses multiple emerging issues - such as major health and language disparities among the elders and the education disparities among the youth - that impact the Cambodian refugee community. Learn more

The 2013 Expenditures on Children by Families Report

It costs a lot being a parent. It's especially expensive for grandparents raising grandchildren. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new report says just as much. According to Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013 (see infographics: one, two, three and four), a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend from birth to adulthood about $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation) for food, housing, childcare and education as well as other expenses. Learn more

Congrats, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra!

NJIO of Berkeley Heights - which presents free community concerts and numerous outreach performances - is among 46 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations that will receive funding through the 2014 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. 

Lemoore Adult Day Care Center - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part 14 of our series, we feature Lemoore Adult Day Care Center, an intergenerational shared site in Lemoore, CA. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas.

You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections  Facebook Group. Youth Jumpstart Grantees can share ideas here. Or just text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! DisclaimerSpotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration. Learn more about Lemoore Adult Day Care Center.
Do Something Grand and Help Us Raise Awareness of Grandparents Day 
Grandparents Day is less than two weeks away! Let's honor our older Americans, whether grandparents or not, by spreading the word about the important roles they play in the lives of children and youth. Check out our social media toolkit for scheduled days to share sample tweets, Facebook posts and newsletter items through your networks. Help us get Grandparents Day 2014 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them, check out our Google Doodle Campaign page. There's even suggested language.
Tick, Tock! Two Weeks Left Until Our Informational Webinar on the Best Intergenerational Communities Award

Sign up now for our webinar on Sept. 10, at 1pm ET, to get all your questions answered and learn more about the application process, award selection guidelines, ways in which this recognition helps your community and more. MetLife Foundation and Generations United are searching the nation for communities that value intergenerational connections and quality of life for all ages. No community's too big or too small. Register for the webinar, and contact Leah Bradley with questions. Apply for the award - deadline: Oct. 15, 2014.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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.

Generations United's Intergenerational Programs Map

Our map went live last week! Check out the 500 programs featured - at least one in every state. You can search for a program near you or get some ideas. Should your program be on this map? Fill out this form and we will add it. If you're already on our map and see information that needs to be updated, contact Leah Bradley. View our map

Intergeneration Month: September and All Ages Together Campaign

As Intergeneration Month: September approaches, it's not too early to begin thinking of ways to celebrate the connecting of generations during the month, along with special support and acknowledgment for Grandparents Day on September 7th.  Intergeneration Foundation encourages special celebrations throughout the Month of September - thoughtful action every day - in any way that intentionally connects generations. That's why they launched the "All Ages Together Campaign," a new effort of collecting and posting on their website, ways in which generations come together.  Share your personal celebration plans and find new ways to celebrate Intergeneration Month. Learn more

Funding Opportunities

Family Volunteer Day Grants. GenerationOn, with generous support from Disney Friends for Change, is giving out $1,000 grants and event day service kits to affiliates or nonprofit organizations around the country. Deadline: Sept. 4, 2014. Learn more

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


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

Great Resources


The Real Scoop on Brain Health. Easter Seals. Tues, Sept 2, 4pm eastern time (3pm central time and 1pm pacific time). Learn more



GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy 

This first edition publication includes articles and reviews on issues related to grandparents raising grandchildren. Learn more


Stories From the Field 2014

Each summer, Zero to Three focuses a Journal issue on stories of professionals making a difference in the lives of children and families. Learn more


Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 

These 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!

National Kinship Care Conference. Child Welfare League of America. New Orleans, LA. Sept. 17-19, 2014. Learn more


Imagine 2030: Mobilizing Our Communities Across Generations. Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. Honolulu, HI. Sept. 29-30, 2014. Learn more


ReDefining Age: Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Nashville, TN. Oct. 19-22, 2014. Learn more 


Global Youth Forum 2014. People to People International. Kansas City, MO. Nov. 5-9, 2014. Learn more 


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 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) and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

In the News 
In his talk to the Australian Human Rights Commission last week, Professor Henry Brodaty, a leading researcher on aging and dementia, challenged Australian to replace the idea of intergenerational competition for resources with "cross-generational" resource allocation and greater opportunities for collaboration. Read "Call to recognise economic contribution of seniors."
"When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless. The cure for boredom is not diversion, it is to find some work to do, something to care about." ~John Gardner

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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