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 Volume 15, Issue 11
March 18, 2020
Generations United's Office Status
As part of our effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Generations United staff will telework beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through  Tuesday, March 27, 2020. Our virtual team will continue our work towards a world that values and engages all generations.  Stay safe and stay connected.
In the News
  • Next Avenue ran a blog post by our Executive Director Donna Butts on unity during the time of COVID-19. Read Donna's article
  • An  AARP Bulletin article highlights communities with housing options for grandfamilies (grandparents and other relatives raising children). The piece highlights Generations United 's resources and quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts . Read the article
  • The Chronicle of Social Change ran an article on the newly established clearinghouse to approve Family First Act services, which looked at three kinship navigators. The piece quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.
  • A Business 2 Community article highlighted five ways to bridge the generation gap between employees. Donna is quoted in the story. Read the piece.
  • The Times News Online ran an article highlighting an event for grandfamilies in Monroe County, PA. The article cited a Generations United study. Read the article
Generations United's Statement on the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020-which reauthorizes the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) through Fiscal Year 2024-after it passed the Senate earlier this month. The act includes a series of intergenerational provisions for which Generations United advocated. Read our full statement.
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families
Our country and the world are facing a pandemic unlike any many of us have seen before. People over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems are among the highest-risk populations COVID-19 is impacting. While grandparents are being advised to isolate themselves physically from grandchildren, it is nearly impossible for older caregivers to distance themselves from the children they are raising.  Our fact sheet offers few suggestions on how to stay healthy, informed and connected. Learn more
Calling all intergenerational practitioners!
Generations United's colleagues in Japan are conducting a survey of intergenerational programs in the US, and we need your help. The research aims to identify the practices of intergenerational programs in the US and Japan to develop a training program for Japanese professionals in the field of long-term care and community health. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey, and thank you for helping to support quality intergenerational programming in Japan! Take the survey
Cool Ideas
Older Adults Can Provide Support to Young People in Crisis
This idea is #4 of Gen2Gen's seven ways older adults to stay connected while stuck at home: "If you have overcome mental health challenges in your own life, volunteering with  Crisis Text Line could be a way to pass it on. That's been true for volunteer crisis counselor Rainy Roth. 'When young people open up to me, it brings me a comforting feeling,' she says. 'I think, in a way, it's healing to the little girl in me who struggled with unknown fear and anxiety for so many years.'" Learn more about Crisis Text Line

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.
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 !
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
COVIBOOK by Manuela Molina
This multilingual coloring book (available in 11 languages) offers a place for children to express their feelings about the coronavirus and how it affects their families. Its explanation of the virus is an opportunity for them to ask their parents and grandparents questions about the virus and discuss how they can help stop its spread. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Grants for Local Parks and Community Centers. The HomeServe Cares Foundation's  "Caring for Community" grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local government agencies that aim to help communities in the United States improve the quality of life for their residents. In the current funding round, the Foundation will provide grants valued at up to $20,000 each for projects that are intended to enhance local parks and community centers. Deadline: March 24, 2020. Learn more

Challenge America Grant.  The National Endowment for the Arts'  Challenge America program offers support of $10,000 to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations in communities that are under served. These include communities where opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Deadline: April 9, 2020.  Learn more

Grants in Education. The SEL in Action Awards, a partnership of the NoVo Foundation with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades pre-K-12. They offer grants of up to $7,000 for educator-led projects, and up to $25,000 for district-level projects. Deadline: April 10, 2020. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
New Survey on Feeding Infants. Generations United, in partnership with the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA) , evaluated results from a recent INCA survey to understand what grandfamilies need to know about feeding infants in their care.  Learn more .

New Interactive Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing. This toolkit, developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from RRF Foundation for Aging, is now a website with downloadable resources. It was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. Visit the site.

A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies.   This sixth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report detailed the housing challenges these families face and highlighted innovative programs that offer potential for nationwide expansion. Learn more.

Healthier Together. This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
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"Let us take care of the children, because they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders, because they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between, because they are doing the work." ~Nelson Mandela

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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