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 Volume 15, Issue 21
May 27, 2020
COVID-19 Resources
We are still learning how best to connect the generations while maintaining physical distancing. As programs are adapting and developing, we plan to share the promising practices emerging from the pandemic in each issue. Stay tuned for updates. New information will also be posted on Generations United's COVID-19 page and on our social media. 
In the News
  • ABC World News Tonight aired a segment on the challenges and impact of COVID-19 on grandparents raising grandchildren. The piece featured our GRAND Voice Member Cassandra Gentry and our Executive Director Donna Butts. Shout out to Carlin McCarthy, who we worked with on this story.  Watch the segment
  • An Associated Press story on a preschool teacher who was honored with other top educators ran in the Washington Post. The teacher's preschool class is in a retirement village in rural Kansas. The story quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the article
Intergenerational Opportunities in the Older Americans Act 2020 Reauthorization
The Older Americans Act was reauthorized through the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 which was signed into law on March 25, 2020. The Act-which includes a series of bipartisan intergenerational provisions that Generations United helped champion-has been reauthorized through 2024. Our one-pager identifies the intergenerational opportunities that have been expanded or newly created through this reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Learn more
Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Briefing on COVID-19 and Its Impact on Child Welfare
Join the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth tomorrow at 2 PM for a Skype briefing to explore the effects of the pandemic on these vulnerable young people and their families. The panelists include GRAND Voice Member Barbara Johnson-Williams. Learn more
Culture United
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Wh en Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. She watches the impacts of their childhood play out in how they raise her grandchildren. 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.
Webinar: Kinship Care and COVID-19, Grandparents and Other Kin on the Front Line During This Pandemic
Join the Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition today at 2 PM ET. Our longtime Special Advisor Ana Beltran is presenting. Register today
Cool Ideas
We Came to America
This intergenerational project is partnership between the Thurnauer School of Music and award-winning composer/conductor/author Rob Kapilow, who's been commissioned to compose a multimedia orchestral/choral composition based on the theme of Faith Ringgold's book, We Came to America. They're looking for young and old willing to share their stories and feeling of coming to America. 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.
Congratulations to Our Humans of Dementia Intergenerational Storytelling Contest Honorable Mentions!
Last week, Generations United  and our Humans of Dementia partners ( Hilarity for Charity UsAgainstAlzheimer's AARP Memory Well , the  National Scholastic Press Association congratulated the winners of our Humans of Dementia Intergenerational Storytelling Contest.  We congratulate this year's honorable mentions. These touching, vibrant, and compassionate profiles create a beautiful mosaic of stories that gets to the heart of the dementia experience and above all, shows the love behind every human of dementia. Read the winning stories
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A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters 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 !
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.

Request for Proposals. RRF Foundation for Aging is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. RRF recently completed a strategic planning process that sharpened their commitment and focused its grant making on four priority areas: Caregiving, Economic Security in Later Life, Housing and Social and Intergenerational Connectedness. LOI Deadline: June 15, 2020. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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 .

New 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.
Conversations with GIA: Seeing Older Adults As Assets With Intergenerational Programs. Grantmakers in Aging and The Eisner Foundation. Online 2 PM ET. June 4, 2020. Learn more.
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" You aren't just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been." ~Kenneth Koch, American poet-playwright-professor

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