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Generations United to Release its Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Report This Evening!
Register for Our 2015 Conference in Hawai'i
New Toolkit Helps Nonprofit Human Services Organizations Support Low-Wage, Frontline Workers
New Book Looks at How New Racial Demographics Affect America
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Partnership for America's Children Announces Network Director Position
Orphan Train - Culture United
National Private Foundation Seeks to Fill New Position
Grand Canyon National Park With Your Grandchild
Funding Opportunities
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 Volume 9, Issue 48
December 3, 2014

Generations United to Release its Inaugural State of Grandfamilies Report This Evening!

Thank you to those who registered. We look forward to seeing you this evening. If not, our report will be available on at 5pmWe're excited to celebrate the contributions of grandparents and other older adults raising children with our new report, State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014. We will honor Senator Chuck Grassley with our first-ever Grandfamilies Champion Award. Senator Tammy Baldwin will also announce that she will be the honorary chair of Generations United's new advisory council on grandfamilies.

Register for Our 2015 Conference in Hawai'i

Our extended deadline for proposals has closed, but you can still take advantage of early registration (until Dec. 31) for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawai'i. 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

New Toolkit Helps Nonprofit Human Services Organizations Support Low-Wage, Frontline Workers
National Human Services Assembly's new toolkit, Bridging the Gap: Increasing Financial Stability for Low-Wage Workers, is designed to help employers assist their low-wage workers increase their financial stability through access to work supports. The findings, recommendations and conclusions from this work are applicable to increasing low-wage workers' financial stability in any industry or sector. Learn more


William H. Frey is senior fellow in the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. 

New Book Looks at How New Racial Demographics Affect America

Our friend, Bill Frey, who served on Generations United's advisory council for our Out of Many, One report and was also on a panel for the release event, has a new book, Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America! Through a compelling narrative, Bill interprets and expounds on the dramatic growth of minority populations in the United States.Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Eula Ossofsky, who gave in memory of Jack Ossofsky; Kathleen Sykes and Bill LibroMerci. 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.

Partnership for America's Children Announces Network Director Position 

The Partnership for America's Children (successor to Voices for America's Children) has formally organized itself as an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization with 55 members in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The Partnership board is now in the process of selecting a network director to be located in Washington, DC, and to have a primary focus upon supporting and strengthening the network and its members. Learn more

Culture United

Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train follows Vivian Daly, who, as a child, was one of the abandoned children traveling on what were called "orphan trains" that ran regularly from East Coast cities to Midwest farmlands. Vivian, a New York City-native sent to an uncertain future a world away, later returns east and lives a quiet life on the coast of Maine. Through a volunteer program, the older widow enlists the help of 17-year-old Molly Ayer, who knows her community-service position is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. As Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes, she learns that she and Vivian have a shared experience of being outsiders raised by strangers, and that they both have unanswered questions about their past. Learn more


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.

National Private Foundation Seeks to Fill New Position

The Foundation for Child Development wishes to fill a new position, Program Director, to assist in moving its mission forward.  The Program Director will manage all FCD programs and program staff and will have responsibility for program development, grant development and monitoring, and management of communications strategies that can support the Foundation's programs and public policy positions. Learn more

In the latest of series, we feature Colorado River Rafting and a Historic Train Ride. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our 
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 Grand Canyon National Park With Your Grandchild: Colorado River Rafting and a Historic Train Ride. 
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 


"People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children." ~Mary McCarthy, literary luminary

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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