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 Volume 15, Issue 24
June 17, 2020
In the News
  • The digital magazine,
    Flatland, ran a piece on the surge of multigenerational housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The story quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the article.
  • The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline highlighted our GRAND Member, Gail Engel, in an article on the Family First Prevention Services Act and how it's helping grandparents and other relatives raising children. Learn more
  • The latest episode of the Family Voices United podcast is on self-care during a crisis. It features our GRAND Voice Member Magdalena Andreozzi and highlights resources like Generations United's Statement Condemning Racism. Learn more
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A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, MD Resource PTA, for their contribution. We also thank Maureen Statland  for her donation . 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 !
New Report Tells the Story of Our Babies
Did you know that a baby's chances at a strong start in life depends on the U.S. state in which they're born? That's according to ZERO TO THREE's comprehensive report and advocacy tool, the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020. The report highlights disparities that begin before birth, especially for Black children, driven by systemic racism and social injustices. Learn more.
Culture United
Octopus Stew
The octopus Grandma is cooking has grown to titanic proportions. "┬íTenga cuidado!" Ramsey shouts. "Be careful!" But it's too late. The octopus traps Grandma! Ramsey uses both art and intellect to free his beloved abuela. This beautifully illustrated picture book, drawn from the author's childhood memories, celebrates creativity, heroism, family, grandmothers, grandsons,  Puerto Rican food, Latinx culture and more. Learn more

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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.
Listen to a Life Winners Announced!
From Rodney King to polio, check out the amazing winning stories in the Legacy Project's 20th annual Listen to a Life Story Contest--the past informs the present. This year's Grand Prize winner is  MacKenna Healy, a 6th grade student at West Amwell Elementary School in Lambertvill, NJ. Her winning story is about her  93-yr-old great-grandmother's take on tech! Learn more about the 2019-2020 winners
Cool Ideas
Inner-City Arts
Based in Los Angeles, this organization engages older adult volunteers on behalf of thousands of underserved students, providing the volunteers with a continued sense of purpose while providing students with continued access to arts education and programming - and giving both groups a creative and social outlet. During the COVID-19 quarantine, they've been offering socially-distanced, online summer programs to youth throughout L.A. and beyond to provide fun, creative, and engaging art classes that support the development of the whole person. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Our Town Grant. This Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Deadline for Part 1: Aug. 6, 2020.  Learn more .

Internet Access Support for Students in 50 Cities. Mobile Beacon's Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program was created to offer schools in 50 cities across the United States the laptops and mobile Internet access they need to help students struggling to keep up.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Learn more and apply today.  

Grassroots Community Organizing in the Midwest Supported. The Needmor Fund's Core Grants program focuses on supporting grassroots community organizing in the Midwest. Support is provided to grassroots, membership-based community organizations that are democratically led, engaged in direct action campaigns, and committed to leadership development. Deadline: June 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
Race Equity Resources. Generations United  stands united in our condemnation of racism and our support of police reform and the equitable access to quality health care, jobs, and education needed to ensure people of all ages have the safety, security and opportunity to be valued by their communities and country.  Visit Generations United's page on race equity for our full statement and a growing list of related intergenerational resources.

Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five.  This resource from ZERO TO THREE provides thoughts and guidelines for talking about the complex issues of racism and equality in age-appropriate ways with children aged two to five years of age. 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.
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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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