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Generations United on Intergenerational Living
Meet Our Summer Interns!
Generations United Thanks Seabury!
SAVE the DATE! Legislative Policy Briefing
Our Thanks
LGBT Pride Month
Early Learning Makes Sense
Witness the Power of Creativity
Request for Grandfamilies
Award-winning Research Free for a Limited Time
Generations United Shout Out
Join Us on Instagram!
New Intergenerational Film Coming Soon
Start Planning for Grandparents Day
Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Become a Generations United Senior Fellow
Publications for Sale
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 22
June 4, 2014

Generations United on Intergenerational Living

Next week (June 11), catch Donna Butts speaking in the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing's upcoming webinar, The Role of Intergenerationalism in Community Development. The webinar, which starts at 2pm EDT, will explore the demographic trends as well as the designs and amenities that make intergenerational communities successful. Register today! 

l-r: Ilana Mittleman, Adam Otto and Tomesha Thompson

Meet Our Summer Interns

We're thrilled to have Ilana Mittleman, Adam Otto and Tomesha Thompson as part of our team this summer! The energy and fresh ideas they bring to our mission will be invaluable. You can learn more about them from their introductory blogs. So, meet Ilana, Adam and Tomesha! And welcome to Generations United.
Donna with Joseph E. Resch, Jr., Seabury's Chief Executive Officer. (Click here to view enlarged photo.)

Generations United Thanks Seabury!

In accepting the 2014 Leadership in Aging Award on Sunday, Donna Butts thanked Seabury Resources for Aging not only for the recognition, but also for their tireless service. "I think you are to be honored for your 90 years of invaluable services to older adults in the Washington, DC area," she said. "Thank you Seabury for this honor, but most of all, for what you do every day."

SAVE the DATE! Legislative Policy Briefing: A National Agenda to Ensure Every Child Has a Family

Join Advocates for Families First in Washington, D.C. on Weds., June 18, to learn about policy recommendations that provide care for kinship, foster or adoptive families in addition to empowering children and youth to take an active role in their case planning. Advocates for Families First is a partnership of Generations United, National Foster Parent Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children to promote the rights of kids at risk from abuse or neglect. Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United welcomes our renewing member, Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition, and new member, Lutheran Homes of South CarolinaMerci. 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.

LGBT Pride Month

In observance of this celebration, we highlight the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging's Intergenerational Projects for the LGBT Community: A Toolkit to Inspire and Inform. This toolkit, developed in the UK, is designed to help older and younger LGBT generations build bridges to develop new forms of support and solidarity. Learn more
Early Learning Makes Sense - and Dollars
Did you know that there are $3 to $17 returns for every dollar invested in early childhood-development programs? That's according to an infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationCheck out the infographic, then tweet it to #InvestInKids via @RWJF.

Witness the Power of Creativity!

According to Elders Share the Arts (ESTA), "when you put elders and youth in the same room, you have a surefire recipe for fun, laughter, and community building." We couldn't agree more. That recipe gets better with ESTA's June line-up of residencies. Learn more

Request for Grandfamilies       
A reporter with a national publication is seeking grandfamilies - grandparents raising grandchildren or other older adults raising related children - to possibly interview for an upbeat story. If you know of any such family and could pass along their name and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King, so we can share them with the reporter, she would be very grateful.
Award-winning Research Free for a Limited Time

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is providing free access to their 2013 David A. Peterson Award-winning article, "Intergenerational Service-Learning: A Review of Recent Literature and Directions for the Future," from now until Dec. 31, 2014. Click here to download, read and share.

Generations United Shout Out
We're grateful to Evan H. Farr, of Elder Law Plus Blog, for citing us as a resource in his article, "Intergenerational Care and the Magic of Girl Scout Cookies." 
Introducing Generations United's Instagram page!
We're excited to capture and share our intergenerational moments. What about you? Here's a fast, beautiful  and  fun way to learn about, and stay updated on, our initiatives. Stay tuned for upcoming intergenerational photo contests. Follow us

New Intergenerational Film Coming Soon

In honor of intergenerational connections, filmmaker Claire Panke is wrapping up production on a positive aging film. Light Years, a look at creative aging and reinvention at any age, follows three characters. Meet Anita, 98, who's coached and directed actors, writers and musicians for years. Dee, a former professor, can be seen dancing in an African dance class in her 80s, inspiring younger class members. Then there's Paul, who's more than just a coach to the young men on a university's golf team. Through their stories, Panke shows the importance of intergenerational exchange. Learn more from the film trailer

Start Planning Now for Grandparents Day, Sept. 7    
Grandparents day is coming up. Are you going to Do Something Grand? Let us know, so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the holiday.  

Cool Intergenerational Ideas - Text them, Tweet them or Facebook Post them!

Got something cool your organization tried and was successful in connecting generations, why not tweet them to #cooligideas, post them to our Facebook Group, Intergenerational Connections (if you're a Youth Jumpstart Grantee, share your ideas here) or text us through Facebook's 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! Disclaimer: Spotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration

Become a Generations United Senior Fellow

Are you a senior professional in the Washington area who has expertise, energy and wisdom to share? Then we're looking to recruit you as a Senior Fellow. The program is an opportunity to apply your skills to new areas of interest, gain a better understanding of Generations United and our impact, approach, strategies, opportunities, and challenges. Consider contributing to our mission. Learn more

Publications for Sale

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations are available for the shipping and handling price. At $4.50, 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 $5.50. 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. YSA's State Farm Student Achievement Program is offering grants of up to $4,000 to K-12 public school teachers in the United States and select Canadian provinces that implement an extended service and learning program in their classroom, school, or school district. Deadline: June 6, 2014. Learn more


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

Great Resources

Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

This new report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows that while low income chidlren's participation in summer food programs has grown in recent years, the program is still only reaching a very small fraction of children. Learn more


If you have reports on issues that help young and old, please send them to Alan King at


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

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

GenUp East Coast Leadership Training. Generation Waking Up. Washington, DC. June 11-15, 2014. Learn more

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


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

In the News                
About, "49 percent of nontraditional families say that they live paycheck to paycheck" as opposed to "41 percent of traditional familes," according to The Dallas Morning News' Pamela Yip. Read "Nontraditional families struggling more than traditional families.

In Lewisboro, NY, the sixth graders hosted the older adults who visited their school for the ninth annual Intergenerational Exchange Day. Read "Senior adults continue tradition with Intergenerational Exchange Day."

"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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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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