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 Volume 15, Issue 17
April 29, 2020
Upcoming Webinar and Other COVID-19 Resources
With all the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, we know that intergenerational relationships and supporting grandfamilies is now more important than ever.

The recording from our last call, hosted by Generations United and, is now available. Download the recording. will facilitate our next discussion on Fri, May 15, at 3 pm EST/12 pm PST. Please save the date. More details and the registration link will be coming soon.

Generations United continues to monitor the evolving situation presented by this crisis and its impact on intergenerational connections across the United States and the world. Check out our responses and resources.
In the News
  • An article in The Press Democrat highlights the "unrelenting stress" faced by grandparents raising their grandchildren. The piece quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Read the article.
Listen to a Life Story Contest Deadline Extended
The Legacy Project extended the deadline for the Listen to a Life Story Contest to May 15. During this time of physical distancing, they're encouraging young people, ages 8-18, to connect with a grandparent or grandfriend and interview them via phone or Internet. Amazing things happen when you listen to a life: you travel time, learning from the past for a better future. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Julie Tippens, who gave in honor of Bill Libro's birthday.  
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Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing
We are still learning how best to connect the generations while maintaining physical distancing.  Generations United developed a guide to share ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
Apply to Join the Evidence-Building Academy
Are you interested in evaluating a child welfare program or service? The Evidence-Building Academy (the Academy) is offered at no cost to participants to increase their capacity to evaluate program effectiveness and using design standards for child welfare clearinghouses. Deadline to apply: May 15, 2020. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
JCY-Westcheser Community Partners Launches Free eTutoring Program
The eTutoring program was developed in response to a recognized need to assist families and children in Yonkers who are most at risk of falling behind without one-on-one support as families adjust to learning from home. To start, JCY is accepting registrations from parents of Yonkers Public School students and from Westchester grandparents and caregivers raising grandchildren, in support of the Family Service Society of Yonker's Kinship Support Program.  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
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart. Learn more

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?   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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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 grantmaking 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
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.

New Survey on Feeding Infants.  Generations United, in partnership with the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA) , evaluated results from a recent INCA survey to understand what grandfamilies need to know about feeding infants in their care.  Learn more .

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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"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her." ~Urie Bronfenbrenner, whose birthday is today; the late psychologist would've been 103.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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