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New Book on Friendship
New Book: Dead Men Ruling
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 Volume 9, Issue 20
May 21, 2014
Donna presenting during the IYF celebration at UN Headquarters in New York

Generations United Riding the Momentum

We're still riding the high from last week's release of our latest signature report, Intergenerational Family Connections: The Relationships that Support a Strong America, with the Alliance for Children and Families at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on May 13. That day, the Huffington Post published Donna and Susan Dreyfus's piece, "Modern Family Relationships Support a Strong America." Two days after the release, Donna presented the report at the United Nations 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF) 2014 celebration at UN Headquarters in New York. The IYF event, which was broadcasted around the world, coincided with the release of Family Futures, the commemorative publication (check out the digital version; hardcopies are available for purchase through the UN's Bookshop). To top it off, Amy Goyer, AARP's family expert and a panelist from our Press Club event, highlighted the report in a blog post on family connections for AARP. Read her blog

Generations United Shout Out

We thank our friend, Dr. Matthew Kaplan, for featuring Donna's Huffington Post piece, "Mr. Rogers Understood the Importance of Intergenerational Play," in his Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter. Read the blog post that Donna co-authored with Dr. Sally Newman. Contact Dr. Kaplan to subscribe to his e-alerts.  

Jewish American Heritage Month

In recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, we highlight the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) Heyman Interages Center in Rockville, Maryland, that's been around for over 40 years. Through the JCA's "Connecting The Generations" program, children and older adults collaborate and become friends. Learn more about the JCA's additional programs

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United welcomes our renewing member, Under One Roof, IncMerci. 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.

Join Senior Corps Week

Each year, elected officials and community leaders highlight the impact of Senior Corps volunteers during Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, 2014. Senior Corps is encouraging advocacy with a survey and by featuring Senior Corps volunteers through service projects and recognition events. Learn more

Participate in an Intergenerational Challenge

AARP Foundation and OpenIDEO teamed up to launch a challenge to inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship. Getting started is easy. Click here to check out the challenge, watch the video, sign up and join the conversation!

Cool Program 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 in that Facebook group) 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

New Book Shows the Value of


In Friendships With The Heart (illustrated by Michele C. Barnes), Generations United's member Glenna C. Orr's human characters and four-legged creatures accept one another despite their differences. Through friendship, they find a way around life's challenges emboldened by their compassion for, and trust of, one another. Learn more

New Book Calls for Government to Prioritize Children and Families

In his latest book, Dead Men Ruling, the Urban Institute's Gene Steurle urges readers "to move beyond yesteryear's stale debates toward a 21st-century agenda" that prioritizes children and their future, promotes opportunity and mobility, and creates a government that's both effective and lean. Learn more

There's Still Time to Celebrate with Generations United and Seabury

Donna Butts will be awarded the 2014 Leadership in Aging Award at Seabury Resources for Aging's 90th anniversary dinner at the National Press Club on June 1. The award, according to Seabury, is for our organization's "work as a champion of the development and expansion of policies and programs bringing children, youth and older adults together." Donna's among the three honorees for that evening. Register today!

Request for Women out of the Workforce

A reporter with a national beat is seeking women ages 45-54 who have dropped out of the workforce after being laid off during, or in the years following, the most recent recession. If you know of any such person and could pass along their names and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King, so we can share them with the reporter, she would be very grateful. 

Publications for Sale

Under One Roof and Connecting Generations are available for the shipping and handling price. At $3.50, 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 $4.50. 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. Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to support a National Resource Center to enhance the capacity of programs designed to serve abandoned infants, young children and their families, particularly infants and children infected with HIV/AIDS, or perinatally exposed to a dangerous drug. Deadline: June 9, 2014.  Learn more

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

Great Resources

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families: Two-Generation Strategies for Working with Disconnected Young Parents & Their Children

Over 1.4 million youth ages 15-24 are out-of-school and out-of-work (OSOW) and are raising dependent children, according to the National Human Service Assembly's new report. The study states, "Two-generation approaches are a leading strategy to create the conditions for young families to move out of poverty." Learn more

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


Enhancing Support and Advocacy for Children in Kinship, Foster, and Adoptive Families. Advocates for Families First. Thurs., May 29, 1pm eastern (12pm central, 11am mountain and 10am pacific). Learn more


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

Fifth Annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Conference. The Treehouse Foundation. Holyoke, MA. May 30.

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


"Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation." ~Margaret Mead

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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