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National Family Caregivers Month
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New Playground for Community
The Grandest Love
NYC Grandfamilies Requested
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 Volume 8, Issue 46
November 13, 2013
Registration Now Open for December 10 Release of Our Latest Signature Report
You can register here, and be at the National Press Club on Dec. 10 from 9:30am to 10:45am ET for a provocative look at how changing demographics in the years ahead will affect four major aspects of our lives: transportation, the workforce, housing, and civic involvement. At the event, we will release our latest signature report and poll results and host a panel discussion featuring experts on the four topics. Generations United Board Member Walter Jones (Verizon) will serve as emcee and Ron Brownstein (National Journal) will moderate a panel discussion. Panel members will include:Angela Glover-Blackwell (PolicyLink),  Vanessa Cardenas (Center for American Progress), William Frey (Brookings Institution), and Eugene Steuerle (Urban Institute). Featured speakers will include: Hilary Pennington (Ford Foundation and The Generations Initiative) and Donna Butts (Generations United). Don't wait! Register today! 

null Extended Deadline for the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards 

Want to show what your community's made of? Apply for our 2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, made possible by MetLife Foundation. No community's too big or too small.  Deadline to Dec. 6.   Check out all the information about the awards, including a powerpoint answering some of the most commonly asked questions.  Contact Leah Bradley  with questions.

Tomorrow's Webinar Set for Grandfamilies Raising Children with Disabilities
As you probably know, we recently published a new booklet called Grand Resources: A Grandparent's and Other Relative's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities. Tomorrow, the guide's author -- our own Ana Beltran -- will host a webinar at 2:00pm ET during which she will answer the most frequently asked questions about resources available to those raising children with disabilities. Please join us for that webinar, made possible by CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. Space is limited. Registration is now open!

Bi-partisan Leadership Succeeds in Introducing Early Childhood Bill

The Strong Start for America's Children Act, introduced today by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY), is an important bipartisan step to make sure low- and moderate-income children have access to quality preschool. An important element of the bill is supporting children from birth through age five and their families with pre-kindergarten and child care, while recognizing the benefits of home visiting. Learn more 

Generations United's Statement of Support for Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Our hearts go out to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that ripped through the Philippines last Friday. News reports put the number of casualties at "too many people to count." Thousands more, who lost everything, struggle to survive without food or medical care. Age International, a sister organization of HelpAge, and Save the Children laucnhed typhoon relief funds to help youth and older adults in the Philippines. Learn more on how you can support through Age International and Save the Children

November is National Family Caregivers Month

This month the nation celebrates National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the relatives, friends, and neighbors who care for loved ones. President Obama issued a proclamation. This year, the Children's Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services is rolling out their campaign, Partnering for Permanency. This social media focus emphasizes partnerships necessary to foster permanency. Learn more  

November 17-23 is 'Family Week'

It's fitting that, with Thanksgiving three weeks away, this month is a time to focus on family. With that in mind, The Morning Star published an article about the essential role grandparents and older adults play in young families that are busier. For starters, they offer stability to a household with young children. Read more

Intergenerational Programs Support Veterans Year-round
While Veteran's Day is a time to thank our nation's troops, it's a new day for returned soldiers and former military, who enjoy a shift in the national mood that went from vilifying Vietnam and ignoring those who served to fully embracing this commemorative day. Donna Butts highlights a handful of intergenerational programs across the country and abroad that enhance our veterans' quality of life while allowing them to inspire future generations. Read more
A California Community's Vets & Children Happy with New Multigenerational Playground  
Both vets and school children are enjoying a new playground, thanks to Frank Carson, El Cajon's recreation services manager, who, through a grant from Humana, got the ball rolling on a multigenerational playground at the Bostonian Recreation Center. "The old one was wrecky and boring," 11-year-old Daneca Perez told KPBS, "and sort of not safe." Read more

New Book Celebrates Grandparent Caregivers

In his how-to book, The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, Jerry Witkovsky, a grandfather of six and longtime grandparenting expert and activist, offers his mix of "out-the-box" thinking and practical advice to highlights familial bonds.  The book includes reflections contributed by his grandchildren. Read more   

Request for NYC-based Grandfamilies

A reporter is seeking examples of families in New York City in which the grandparents have moved in with their grown children, and the family would be willing to speak briefly about their experiences. If you know of any such families and could pass along their names and contact information to Generations United, so we can share them with the reporter, she would be very grateful.

Assisted Living Alternative Keeps Grandparents Close to Family

Nearly two years ago, Daryl Whitaker's grandmother, Shirley Shear, lived alone when she fell and developed a blood clot. The 88-year-old is fine and now living in a what used to be a guestroom behind her granddaughter's house. Shear's small, high-tech cottage is part of a home-building trend that helps families bring multiple generations under one household. Read more 

A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters
Generations United thanks the MetLife Foundation, whose committed donation helps us meet our matching goal of $75,000. Additionally, we thank Rossana Steinig, who gave in honor of our own Sheri Steinig's commitment to our vision of a world that values and engages all generations. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.
Funding Opportunities
Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants. Sodexo Foundation is
offering funding of up to $500 for youth that live in the U.S. to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014. Learn more    

Arts & Aging Grants. The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) and MetLife Foundation provides $5,000 grants for arts and aging program in three areas: Lifelong Learning, Health and Wellness, and Community Engagement. Deadline: Dec. 13, 2013. Learn more

Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation offers capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis Learn more

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships. Sodexo Foundation Invites applications for its STOP Hunger Scholarship program, which honors the efforts of young people working to end hunger in the United States. Applications accepted beginning October 5, 2013. Deadline: Dec. 5, 2013. Learn more

General Grant. The Retirement Research Foundation, one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is offering a request for proposal for efforts that improve access to quality community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014. Learn more 


Community Gardening Grants. ProjectOrange Thumb, sponsored by Fiskars, offers community gardening grants up to $5,000 in cash to ten winners, who also get Fiskars garden tools to help support their neighborhood beautification goals. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2013 Learn more  

Great Resources
Learning at the Ends of Life: Children, Elders and Literacies in Intergenerational Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2013)

In 235 pages, Rachel M. Heydon addresses the need for, and multiple  

advantages of, understanding intergenerational learning. Learn more

Intergenerational Relations: European Perspectives in Family and Society
University of Luxembourg)
This book focuses on conceptual issues, multigenerational and cross-cultural perspectives that affect relations between generations in family and society.
Learn more

LeadingAge's Calls for Proposal

Got a great idea for improving home health care or aging services? LeadingAge wants to know. Submit thought-provoking proposals on creative approaches, innovative practices and emerging trends impacting aging services for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, Oct. 19-22, 2014 (Nashville, TN). Proposal deadline: Nov. 22. Learn more


Heating Energy Assistance Program for Kentucky's Low-income Residents

Struggling households can apply for a subsidies program to help offset their heating cost. This program kicked off yesterday and runs through Dec. 19. A household's level of poverty determines a family's benefit amount. Learn more

Omaha's $4.6 million Learning Center to Provide Hope for Low-income Children Facing Language Barriers

The 20,000-square-foot building, scheduled to open next September, will serve as the headquarters for the Learning Community, as a clinical setting to train future teachers and local child care providers, and as a community center where low-income parents can learn parenting skills. Learn more


Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013

National Women's Law Center released a state-by-state report showing that, while families in 27 states are better off today than they were a year ago under one or more key child care policies, families in 24 states are doing worse. Learn more

Webinar Series

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active!

Let's Move Faith and Communities offers a webinar to help parents, caregivers and communities improve food choices, increase physical activity, and reduce screen time. Learn more

Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and Child Trends will discuss state child welfare policies that support infants and toddlers in a new webinar. Learn more
"Connecting Our Global Community." International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) and IAHSA-China. Shanghai. Nov. 17-20, 2013. Learn more  


"Imagine Innovate Inspire." 2013 Conference and Expo. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Washington, DC. Nov. 20-23, 2013. Learn more  


AFTER THE LEAP: "Building a Performance Management Culture." Perform Well. Washington, DC. Dec. 3 - 4. Learn more    

Governor's Conference on Aging. Illinois Department of Aging. Chicago, IL. Dec. 11-13. Opening day will include Special Intensive: Why News Matters across Generations. To learn more, contact Gidget Freeberg   28th National Training Institute (NTI). ZERO to THREE. San Antonio.  

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more 


In 2014  

26th Annual Policy Research Conference: "Strengthening the Web of Financial and Retirement Security for Today's Working Americans."  National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Washington, DC. Jan. 29-30, 2014. Learn more  


2014 National Bullying Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council. 

Orlando, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Learn more   


Blue Jeans Birthday Bash - AGHE's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Washington, DC. March 1. Learn more


International Study Tour to Taiwan. Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University (Honolulu). Taiwan. March 11-18, 2014. Learn more
MONUMENTAL: 25th Annual National Service Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council and YSA. Washington, DC. April 9-12, 2014. Learn more  


Global Summit on Childhood 2014. Association for Childhood Education International. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 10-13, 2014. Learn more   


Read by 21 Annual Meeting. Read by 21. Northern Kentucky. April 22-24, 2014. Learn more



"Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society for All." International Day of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations. Dec. 3, 2013. Learn more. 


"When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own." ~Author Unknown

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