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Happy Grandparents Week!
Generations United in the News
International Literacy Day
Congrats to GRAND Magazine on their 10th Anniversary
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
A New Way of Promoting Opportunity
Help Us Spread the Word about the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards!
September is Intergeneration Month!
LinkAbility - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
FCA Releases Nine New Publications for Caregivers
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 36
September 10, 2014

Happy Grandparents Week!

Grandparents Day came and went, but you can still Do Something Grand all year long. Let us know how you celebrated so we can possibly share through our social media and on our Together Blog. If you missed our Grandparents Day awareness-raising campaign, check out highlights. Let's Do Something Grand this week! Check out for ideas.

Generations United in the News

  • Following Grandparents Day, Joy Cardin interviewed Donna Butts on The Joy Cardin Show, which looked at the importance of celebrating older Americans and fun ideas for families to Do Something Grand. Listen to the recorded segment.
  • In her Huffington Post blog, Donna remembered Joan Rivers and suggested ways older adults can Do Something Grand for Grandparents Week. Learn more
International Literacy Day
On Monday, many literacy coalitions raised awareness of and concern for literacy problems in communities here and abroad. In honor of the day, we highlight the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as well as AARP Experience Corps, Senior Corps, Jumpstart and OASIS Institute for their intergenerational approaches to promoting literacy. Learn more

Congrats to GRAND Magazine on their 10-Year Anniversary

GRAND, a digital magazine for grandparents, celebrates a decade of publishing by releasing its special 10th Anniversary Edition, which features National Geographic marine explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle on the cover. As a Generations This Week reader, you can enjoy a free subscription. See the coupon below to get in on the fun.

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.

A New Way of Promoting Opportunity
National Human Services Assembly and United Way Worldwide, in partnership with  Opportunity Nation, are hosting Envisioning an Opportunity Agenda for America: Overcoming Program and Policy Barriers to Economic Mobility on Tues., Sept 30. The discussion will focus on strategies, policy levers and innovations that human services organizations can use to create ladders to social and economic mobility. Learn more
Help Us Spread the Word about the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards!
It's that time again! We need your help to spread the word about the MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, which values intergenerational connections and quality of life for all ages. We've made it easy. Check out our Social Media Toolkit for sample Facebook mentions, tweets, and newsletter articles. We've also included logos you can use if you wish. You can also apply for the award - deadline: Oct. 15, 2014. No community's too big or too small. Join our campaign.

September is Intergeneration Month!  

Take time during this month for thoughtful action in any way that intentionally connects generations.  Host or join a generational event.  Go to the Intergeneration Foundation's website to find ways to celebrate together or invent your own.  Have fun!  Then, let Intergeneration Foundation share it with others as a part of the Intergeneration Month  "Connect All Ages Campaign." Send details of your Intergeneration Celebration so they may post and share more amazing celebrations and ideas on their website.  To find ideas for your Intergeneration celebration, or to share your ideas with others, go to

LinkAbility - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part 16 of our series, we feature LinkAbility, a Durham, NC-based social action nonprofit. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to 

#cooligideasYou 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 LinkAbility.

FCA Releases Nine New Publications for Caregivers

Offering families the kind of straightforward, practical help they need as they care for relatives with chronic or disabling health conditions, the Family Caregiver Alliance release nine publications that include information on caring for someone with incontinence and legal planning for incapacity as well as handling grief and loss. Learn more
Funding Opportunities

Campus Kitchen Launch Grants. The Campus Kitchens Project, a national non-profit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger, has numerous funding options and grant opportunities available to schools across the country to help with the planning and implementation of a Campus Kitchen. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014. Learn more  


Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. Whole Kids Foundation is providing $2,000 grants to schools and nonprofit organizations working at schools in the U.S. and Canada with new or existing garden projects at any stage of development - planning, construction, or operation, that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014. Learn more 


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

Great Resources

Collective Insights on Collective Impact

Sponsored and curated by the  Collective Impact Forum, "Collective Insights on Collective Impact," which appears in Stanford Social Innovation Review's fall issue, shares cutting-edge thinking from 22 practitioners, funders, community organizers, and thought-leaders. Learn more



Elder Justice Website

The site offers resources for victims, family members, prosecutors, researchers, and anyone who works with older adults. 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


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


Embracing Diversity: Living & Working with Aging GLBT Communities. SAGE-LI, Hofstra and NYSIgN. Hempstead, NY. Oct. 16, 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 


47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. 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 

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present." ~Joan Rivers

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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