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 Volume 14, Issue 41
Oct. 9, 2019
Recap of Last Week's Event at the United Nations
Last week, the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity (COIGENS) launched at the United Nations Headquarters. Check out our recap, which includes a brief history of the Committee. We also have an opening for a volunteer United Nations representative in New York. If you're interested, contact us.
Registration Now Open for Our 2019 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event
Across the country, grandfamilies -- families in which grandparents, other adult family members and close family friends are raising children -- frequently come together at a moment's notice. In an instant, the home of the new grandfamily caregiver can become inadequate for their suddenly expanded household. Join Generations United on Wed., Nov. 13, at the Plaza West Grandfamilies Apartments as we release our 2019 State of Grandfamilies Report, which will focus on grandfamilies and housing. Register today!
In the News
  • In the latest episode of the Family Voices United podcast, our GRAND Voices Members Sonya Begay and Norma Hatfield joined the discussion on how support can make a difference for kinship families. Listen to the episode.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our our renewing members -- Harbor House of Louisville, Kendal at Oberlin, and Oasis -- 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 !
Erin Hilligan
Episode 8 is Now Live! 
Twenty years ago, Ebenezer Ridges in Burnsville, MN, offered a skilled nursing facility and an adult day services program. Today, they're an intergenerational shared site with HUD-funded senior housing, an assisted living facility on campus, and a child care center. Erin Hilligan started out there as an intern 25 years ago. She's now vice president of Operations. She tells our listeners why she came back and shares the story of Ebenezer Ridges' transformation to a space that serves young and old together. Listen to Episode 8 of The Generations United Podcast.  
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye
Mona's grandmother, her Sitti, lives in a small Palestinian village on the other side of the earth. Once, Mona went to visit her. The couldn't speak each other's language, so they made up their own. They learned about each other's worlds, and they discovered each other's secrets. Then it was time for Mona to go back home, back to the other side of the earth. But even though there were millions of miles and millions of people between them, they remained true neighbors forever. Check it out.  
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.
Cool Ideas
Forget Me not
Forget Me Not is an intergenerational phone call program that partners isolated older adults with compassionate teen volunteers. By providing seniors with companionship and human interaction Forget Me Not seeks to reduce the isolation, loneliness and sometimes depression older adults might face. Learn more. Read their write-up in Daily Point of Light.

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
GRAMMY Museum Grant Program. The aim of the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program is to advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and to explore the impact of music on the human condition. Support is provided to organizations and individuals in the following areas: The Archiving and Preservation Projects ($20,000); Assistance, Assessment, or Consultation ($5,000); and the Scientific Research Projects category ($20,000). LOI Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019. Learn more

Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program.  The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools and nonprofit organizations. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019. Learn more
Support for Live Performance Projects Nationwide.  MAP Fund grants support original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. . MAP awards $1 million annually, to up to 45 projects in the range of $10,000-$45,000 per grant. Deadline: Nov. 25, 2019. Learn more.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use.  Hear directly from members of grandfamilies impacted by substance use who will share their challenges and strengths. The webinar will also explore the latest statistics, resources for grandfamilies and those who directly serve them, and policy and program solutions. Oct. 22 at 2 pm ET.  Register today .
Research and Resources
The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. Learn more .

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 .
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs. Learn more. 
"Family, the Face of Humanity." International Federation of Family Development. London UK. Oct. 18-20, 2019. Learn more
  • Catch our Executive Director Donna Butts's roundtable presentation on Oct. 19. Learn more.
Save the date! State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event. Generations United. Washington, DC. Nov. 13, 2019. Additional information coming soon.

Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020.
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"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." ~Desmond Tutu, whose birthday was Monday (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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