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Attend our Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Report Release
Conference Call for Proposal Deadline Extended Until Dec. 1st
Child Care Development Block Grant is Reauthorized!
Social Security Provision Helps Working Students
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Creating Opportunity for Families
Cheek to Cheek - Culture United
November is National Adoption Month!
K-9 Healers Intergenerational Pet Therapy Project - Cool Ideas
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 46
November 19, 2014

Attend our Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Report Release

Thank you to our sponsors: Verizon, Pfizer, Brookdale Foundation and Matz, Blancato & Associates. Join us on Dec. 3, 5pm to 7pm, in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the contributions of grandparents and other older adults raising children and to honor Senator Chuck Grassley for his longstanding leadership as a key friend and supporter of grandfamilies. 

Space is limited. Must register by Dec. 1. Learn more and register today!

Conference Proposal Deadline Extended Until Dec. 1st

Our 2015 conference is shaping up to be our most exciting yet! You still have time to submit a proposal 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. Learn more


While you're on our conference website, take advantage of early registration, which goes until Dec. 31. Don't miss out on our incredible line-up that includes pre-conference/site visits, inspiring keynotes, motivating educational sessions, culture-based and environmental action projects and more. Learn more

Seniors4Kids Celebrate Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization!

On Monday, early childhood advocates, including our Seniors4Kids network, won an important victory for child care when Congress reauthorized CCDBG, which will expand access to quality early learning opportunities for children and families. While this vote is a step toward building a strong early learning system, the National Women's Law Center is calling on individuals and groups to tell Congress to provide the necessary funding for CCDBG. Take action by calling your elected officials (locate your Senator | House Rep) and urging them to do more to support children and families (see talking points). You can also write to your elected official (see letter template).

Social Security Provision Helps Working Students

The Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) is a work incentive that helps students work while receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. The SEIE decreases the amount of countable earned income, thus permitting SSI recipients to keep more of their SSI check when they work. Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Marsha Adler, who gave in honor of Donna Butts, and Rosanna Steinig, who gave in honor of "Our wonderful daughter-in-law, Sheri Steinig, for all of the good work she does for Generations United." 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.

A big thank you to Grantmakers in Aging for awarding us a grant to provide technical assistance to their Community AGEnda Initiative. We're thrilled to be able to help their five cities become stronger intergenerational communities!

Creating Opportunity for Families

Nearly half of the nation's families with young children struggle to make ends meet, according to a new KIDS COUNT report. Creating Opportunity for Families describes a new two-generation approach to reducing poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty. Learn more

Culture United

Cheek to Cheek 

In September, Tony Bennett, 88, and Lady Gaga, 28, put out their album, Cheek to Cheek. While the album stemmed from Bennett and Gaga's desire to introduce jazz standards to a younger audience, it is a testament to the creativity unleashed when different generations work together. Cheek to Cheek has former President Bill Clinton talking. "I'm fascinated by this partnership between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett," Clinton said during a segment on The Queen Latifah Show. "He's found youth in her and she's found comfort in him. And it's magic. I love it." Learn more about Cheek to Cheek. Watch Bill Clinton's segment on The Queen Latifah Show. 


Do 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.

November is National Adoption Month!

Did you know there are over 100,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States, some of whom are in sibling groups, waiting for adoptive families? Learn more

K-9 Healers Intergenerational Pet Therapy Project - Cool Ideas
In the latest of our series, we feature the K-9 Healers Intergenerational Pet Therapy Project, which is based in Branchport, NY. 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. Learn more about the K-9 Healers Intergenerational Pet Therapy Project
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
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 Strong Families and Communities. 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 


"No one's life is ordinary. We're all the heroes and heroines, with fate or flaws to bear" ~Maeve Binchy, reading room staple

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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