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 Volume 15, Issue 27
July 8, 2020
In the News
  • We applaud Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen.  Kamala Harris,  Sen. Bob Casey, and  Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto for introducing comprehensive legislation to support child welfare agencies during  COVID-19. The release quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the full press release
  • In a recent article, Next Avenue looked at how COVID-19 is impacting grandparents' and other kinship caregivers' finances, their family's health and their own. The piece quotes our GRAND Voice Member Ms. Barbara Johnson Williams and our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.
  • The Hechinger Report article on grandparents raising grandchildren during COVID-19 was picked up by The Huffington Post. The piece highlighted our Policy and Program Coordinator Diane Roznowski, her niece, and her mom Joanne Clough (a Generations United GRAND Voice Member), along with other GRAND Voice Members Jan Wagner and Cassandra Gentry. The article also quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Read it there.
  • The Chronicle of Social Change ran a story that explained the bill by  Sen. Sherrod Brown Sen.  Kamala Harris,   Sen. Bob Casey, and  Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto . The piece called out Generations United. Learn more.
Learning Together
In a recent episode of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging's (NJFFA) video series, Aging Insights, NJFFA's Executive Director Melissa Chalker interviewed Dr. Charisse Smith, an instructional coach with the Hamilton Township Public Schools. Dr. Smith provides ways grandparent caregivers can keep the children they're raising engaged in educational activities during the summer. It also includes activities grandparents can do with their grandchildren. Watch the episode.  
Reimagining Britain in the 2020s
According to Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, the COVID-19 quarantine may be easing, but physical distancing will continue for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for intergenerational connections? He's proposing an Autumn for All Ages that includes ideas and resources. Learn more.
Apply now for the new NISC Senior Center Directors Excellence Award
In recognition of the National Institute of Senior Centers's (NISC) celebration of achieving 50 years of longevity and innovation, we are honoring one senior center director from each of the 50 states to celebrate their longevity and innovation. Apply now to be recognized in the inaugural awards! Apply now.
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Culture United
Where's Michael's Brother: The American Family Under Attack by Pat Owens
This story follows a woman who is confronted with the realization that, in America today, children can be taken from their families and adopted out to strangers when there is a biological family ready and willing to take them and raise them. She also learns that these strangers are compensated financially until these children age out of the system. It hits home when it's discovered that the grandchild she's raising has a brother somewhere. When the child welfare system tries to hide this child from the family, she makes a decision to make sure this practice is stopped. 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.
Cool Ideas
InCommon Buddies
This initiative, based in southeast London's Bexley neighborhood, is keeping generations connected while physical distancing. Older adults, who would've otherwise engaged with local school children in-person through intergenerational workshops, are now taking part in calls with some children who previously visited them. The calls will be facilitated by a member of the InCommon team and will cover a different activity each session. 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
Mobilize Power Fund. Third Wave Fund provides grants for youth-led and intergenerational groups who are taking on this country's most challenging issues. Grants range up to $10,000 for individual organizations and up to $20,000 for coalitions and partnerships. Deadline: August 4, 2020. Learn more

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.  

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.

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020. This comprehensive  report and advocacy tool by  ZERO TO THREE  highlights disparities that begin before birth, especially for Black children, driven by systemic racism and social injustices.  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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"I did a Ringo tour once and had a local band at every gig open for us just to give them exposure." ~Ringo Starr on helping young musicians; he turned 80 on Tuesday.

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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