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 Volume 14, Issue 12
March 20, 2019
Hearing Highlights! Donna's Testimony on Protecting and Improving Social Security
If you missed last week's hearing by the House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security, then you can check out the highlights. Our Executive Director Donna Butts explained  why Social Security is one of the most important intergenerational family support  and social insurance programs  in the country. Learn more.
Earn CEUs at the "Bridging the Generations"
Registered attendees of our 2019 conference in Portland are eligible to earn up to 4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from Pennsylvania State University. To request credits, individuals must submit the online CEU Request Form,  along with a $30 administrative fee, by June 28th. Learn more and complete the CEU request form.  
Help Grandfamilies Attend the Generations United Conference
Generations United set up a Facebook fundraiser to help six grandfamily caregivers and young people raised in grandfamilies travel to and participate in Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference from June 12-14 in Portland, OR. Learn more and donate
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Together,  we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
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March: Book Three
This young adult memoir by John Lewis -- illustrated by Nate Powell -- is the third volume of the graphic novel series that creates a visceral and immediate experience of history from the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The looks back at when Lewis, 25 at the time, prepared to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
The Ripple Effect: An In-Depth Look at the Hidden Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children
A new report from United Hospital Fund and Milbank Memorial Fund makes clear the magnitude of the opioid epidemic's impact on newborns, young children, adolescents and their families. It also looks at the needs of kinship caregivers, typically grandparents raising grandchildren. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
GrandInvolve is a program based in Fairfax County, VA, and a 50-plus initiative to recruit older adult volunteers to work in local schools with high poverty enrollment. The program, which received a 2017 Governor's Community Organization Award, was recently featured on NBC 4 News. Learn more about the program.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Elizabeth Dole Foundation Accepting Applications for Hidden Heroes Fund. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2019 Hidden Heroes Fund. The Foundation will be granting a total of $500,000 to organizations ready to build or expand military caregiver programs and will prioritize applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential of making measurable progress in the areas of caregiver case management, employment and workplace support, mental health, and respite. Deadline: April 5, 2019. Learn more.

Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 12, 2019. Learn more.

2019 Policy Innovations Challenge.  The National Academy of Social Insurance, in collaboration with AARP, have grants between $20,000 and $25,000 for three to five applicants with winning proposals that address the income  adequacy needs of older workers who must claim Social Security retirement benefits before their full retirement age due to poor health, an inability to continue to perform physically demanding jobs, or other factors. Deadline: March 29, 2019. Learn more.

Literacy Grants. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states through the Youth Literacy Grants. Deadline: May 16, 2019. Learn more.

Request for Proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation, one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality, community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: May 1, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use. This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent. Learn more .

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs. This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive, a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.

Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration.  This report highlights grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The challenges they face include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children's needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies. Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

Illuminate Respite! ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, and the New York State Office for the Aging. Buffalo, NY. April 30-May 2, 2019.  See the Conference Program and get more information on the Conference Website.

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." ~George Washington Carver

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Alan King
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Generations United
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