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Donna Butts Named a NonProfitTimes' Top 50 Leader
Intergenerational Workshop in the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference
TANF Policy Brief and Summary
It's Art Appreciation Month!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Expand Community Schools
Be a Global Youth Service Leader!
Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign
Bridge Meadows' 9th Annual Fall Gala
Share Your Grandparent Stories with Us
Multigenerational Housing in an Expensive Locale
What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day - Sept. 7
Ring House Inc. - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Apply Now to be a Best Intergenerational Community
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
Events
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 Volume 9, Issue 31
August 6, 2014
Clockwise from top: Irv Katz, Jim Firman, Donna Butts, Elizabeth Darling, Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, and Jo Ann Jenkins. Click here to see enlarged image.
Three Years in a Row!
Donna Butts Named a NonProfitTimes'  Top 50 Leader

We're thrilled that Donna Butts is named among the 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50We also congratulate two of our founding organization's leaders Jim Firman (president of National Council on Aging) and Jo Ann Jenkins (executive vice president/COO of AARP) along with our Strategic Advisor Irv Katz (president of National Human Services Assemblyfor making the Top 50. See the complete list of 2014 honorees.

 

Intergenerational Workshop in the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference

Thank you, Kevin Brabazon, for sponsoring and moderating this workshop. Join us for a discussion on the unique approaches intergenerational programmes and policies offer to addressing social development issues, especially in the areas of sustainability and population changes. Learn more

TANF Policy Brief and Summary

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is an irony of sorts. While Congress envisioned it as a critical support for "kinship families" or "grandfamilies," the actual framework does not consider those groups. That's why our TANF Policy Brief and Summary call for "The Kinship TANF Model" to maximize access and services to kinship families. Read our TANF Policy Brief or Summary

It's Art Appreciation Month!

We honor the arts by highlighting both Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) and Danceworks Intergenerational Multi-Arts Program (IMAP). Based at the Scripps Gerontology Center in Oxford, Ohio, OMA uses the arts to help improve the physical and psychological well-being of people with dementia - learn more. Danceworks IMAP uses the arts to build community between students from Milwaukee schools and older adults from assisted-living and adult day programs - learn more.  

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks Ned Carey, who gave in honor of Donna Butts' birthday. 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.

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Expand Community Schools 

A few weeks ago, The Coalition for Community Schools and its nearly 200 partners applauded House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) for introducing a bipartisan bill that authorizes funding for full-service community schools, which are public elementary or secondary schools that coordinate multiple federal, state and/or local educational and social service programs and opportunities with community-based organizations and public/private partnerships. Learn more

Be a Global Youth Service Leader! 

YSA's Global Youth Council application is open until August 15! Members ages 14-22 provide ideas and substantial feedback to improve YSA's programs, develop resources to increase youth involvement in service, and act as YSA ambassadors on an international scale. Apply now! 

Join Our Grandparents Day Social Media and Google Doodle Campaign     

You can help us raise awareness and recognize the role that older Americans, whether grandparents or not, 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.

Bridge Meadows' 9th Annual Fall Gala

Join Bridge Meadows on Sept. 25 for a celebration at the Portland Art Museum. This unique multigenerational community, located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, connects adoptive parents, foster children, and elders with a shared vision of a better tomorrow. The Fall Gala, one of their largest fundraising events, was a hit last year, when they entertained nearly 400 people. Learn more about this year's gala

Share Your Grandparent Stories with Us    
We're bringing back our Grandparent Day Blog, a feature we started a few years ago, where we shared our favorite moments with grandparents. This year, we'd also like to share your stories on our Together BlogCheck out our submission requirements, then submit your piece for consideration.
Multigenerational Housing in an Expensive Locale
In a guest post for our Together Blog, Brandon Baunach, an architect with 17 years of experience in designing multi-family projects, gives a first-person account of the obstacles he, his wife and mom encountered while looking for multigenerational housing. In subsequent posts, he'll provide solutions that help home developers and families. Learn more

What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day - Sept. 7

Let us know. We want to highlight your creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter. If you haven't decided on an activity yet, then visit www.grandparentsday.org for resources, ideas and information. 
Deloitte employees and their families constructed a miniature golf hole and brought it to the Home for the putting enjoyment of resident golf enthusiasts.

Ring House Inc. - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part 11, we feature a senior living facility on the campus of Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, MDTweet 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 Ring House Inc. 
Apply Now to be a Best Intergenerational Community 
If you think your community offers a truly intergenerational experience, then we want to hear from you. Contact Leah Bradley to find out how to apply to be named a Best Intergenerational Community. We can't wait to see your submission! Download the application and learn more.
Funding Opportunities

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

 

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for afterschool programs that have excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students to win the first-ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. Deadline: August 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Learn more 

 

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at aking@gu.org

Great Resources

Resources

With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older

In this book, Beth Baker, an award-winning journalist, tells the story of people devising innovative ways to live as they approach retirement, options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors. 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!
Events
Conferences 

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

 

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

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"And I just thought I'd mention, my grandma's old age pension/is the reason why I'm standing here today~Country Singer Billy Joe Shaver, from his song, Georgia on a Fast Train 


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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us 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 aking@gu.org. I'd love to hear from you!

 

Best,       

 

Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 

 

  
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