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 Volume 15, Issue 38
Sept. 23, 2020
In the News
  • The Patch ran a story on grandparents confronting tech barriers and unfamiliar subjects as kids return to online classrooms. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts and GRAND Voices Member Mercedes Bristol. Learn more
  • Most Americans think Social Security only benefits retirees and people with disabilities. That's according to a piece that Donna coauthored with Adele Robinson from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Did you know that it also supports four million children? Learn more.
Juan Williams' Grandparents Day Shout Out!
We thank our Strategic Advisor Juan Williams for his on-air Grandparents Day shoutout! He highlighted Generations United, shared the video on active grandparents from our partnership with Sanofi's #LoveIsGrand Campaign.
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!
  • Empowering the Ages, which works to bring generations together in meaningful and empowering ways, is currently accepting entries for their Innovation Award in Intergenerational Art. They welcome entries from artists of all ages and are especially reaching out to youth and older adults. Collaborative entries with artists from different generations are encouraged. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020. Learn more
If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "New from Our Members," please email Alan King.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Georgia Duncan for her contribution. 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!
Tweets of the Week
Register Now for Grandfamilies Report Release Event
Join Generations United on Sept. 29 at 1 PM for the online release of Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report, which seeks to elevate the unique needs of grandfamilies heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also includes solutions to connect grandfamilies to critical supports during this crisis. The event will include Generations United honoring Senator Sherrod Brown with our Grandfamilies Champion Award. Register today!
Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages
Generations United's new infographic illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids-they protect all generations. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia and whooping cough are important to protect both older adults and children. Soon a vaccine for COVID-19 will also be critical for both age groups. Check it out
Cool Ideas
How the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley (BGCofCV) Survive and Thrive through COVID-19
When the pandemic hit, the BGCofCV moved their programs online including the Virtual Clubhouse where young and old participants engaged in online classes. Since its launch, the Virtual Clubhouse attracted over 14,200 participants. Additionally, BGCofCV partnered with local organizations to distribute food boxes to families and older adults who had economic hardships. Learn more

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.
Culture United
Mrs. America
This American historical drama TV miniseries details the political movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly in the 1970s. In it, the 39-year-old Nigerian American actress Uzo Aduba portrays Shirley Chisholm---the first Black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Intercultural Harmony Program. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations in the states of Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in New York and the Rio Grande Valley, Deep East Texas, and the Brazos Valley regions of Texas, that include members of various cultural communities working together on intercultural projects with tangible benefits in the larger community. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020. Learn more

Grants to Address Social and Economic Injustice. The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund is offering grants ranging between $6,000 and $8,000 (the maximum grant amount is $15,000) to organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources 
Research and Resources
Don't Miss Out on this Discount! Routledge Taylor & Francis Group are offering a 20% discount on Intergenerational Contact Zones: Place-based Strategies for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging by Matt Kaplan, Leng Leng Thang, Mariano Sánchez, and Jaco Hoffman. Use the discount code SS120 or click this link for the discount.

Racial Equity Toolkits. Generations United released two new tool kits that feature grandfamilies-related content on the racism, bias and justice in the juvenile justice system, policing and courts and how it impacts Black and Brown people. The first, created in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association, focuses on American Indian and Alaskan Native grandfamilies. The other focuses on African American grandfamilies. Learn more

Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing. This guide by Generations United includes ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

COVID-19 Fact Sheets in English and Spanish. These fact sheets from Generations United provide information for grandfamilies to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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.

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.
Honoring the Strength and Diversity of Kinship Families: The Role of Kinship Navigator Programs. Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. Online. Sept. 23, 2020. Learn more

Virtual Summit: Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children & Families. Child Welfare League of America. Online. Oct. 6-8, 2020. Learn more
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"Just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren."~Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Supreme Court Justice; RIP

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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