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 Volume 15, Issue 18
May 6, 2020
Intergenerational Connections During COVID-19
We're looking forward to our upcoming discussion with on Fri., May 15 at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST. Please continue to save the date. More details and the registration link are coming soon.

In the meantime, please check out the recording from our last virtual event with We also invite you to continue the conversation in the Intergenerational Connections Facebook group and the Gen2Gen Champions Group.

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
  • In her piece for OZY, Carly Stern highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic creates "an impossible tightrope" on which grandparents and other relatives raising children have to navigate. The story quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • In their co-authored piece for GRAND Magazine, our Deputy Executive Director  Jaia Peterson Lent and Senior Fellow Irv Katz explain what grandparents need to know about infant feeding. Read their article.
  • The new issue of the Adult Vaccination Newsletter includes a co-authored blog by our Executive Director Donna Butts and Sister Edna Lonergan, founder of St. Ann center for Intergenerational Care. Additionally, the issue also highlights a video produced by our Communications Specialist Alan King for the International Federation on Ageing's Vaccines4Life campaign. Learn more.
Webinar: Supporting Grandfamilies in a Pandemic
Join  Generations United and the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging  on Thurs., May 21, at 2 PM ET , for a conversation on how the Aging Network can best support older adults raising grandchildren or other young relatives during this tumultuous time. In this COVID era, sharing of emerging practices is critical, and we hope to capture local responses during the webinar. Register today
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank the Rowe Family Foundation and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation 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 !
Cornell University Crisis Advice Project Seeks Wisdom from Elders who Lived Through Difficult Times
The Great Depression, World War II and Jim Crow are some examples of the scary eras our elders lived through. Researchers at Cornell University are reaching out to this group for their perspectives on how to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth are encouraged to interview an older adult for this project. Learn more.
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
Cool Ideas
Virtual GRAND Gallery Artists
Since many are missing the special connections made between the youngest and oldest generations, Southminster Community Fund is starting a virtual GRAND Art Gallery. They're asking children to create a piece of art with their favorite older person or "GRAND" and share it with them. The art will be showcased in the GRAND Art Gallery. 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.
"I was so excited to meet her that night," Hest says. "I had grown up exposed, through my parents, to sixties and seventies music: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon  and Judy."
Culture United
Judy Collins and Ari Hest's Musical Partnership
In an exclusive interview with Next Avenue, the pair talked about their intergenerational collaboration. Of her partnership with Hest, Collins said, "I can't imagine anybody in my life that I can sing with like this, and I've been singing for a long time." Read the article.

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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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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