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 Volume 13, Issue 41
October 10, 2018
Join Us This Evening for a 20th Anniversary Celebration and Release of our 2018 State of Grandfamilies Report!
We're thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our National Center on Grandfamilies and release of our 2018 State of Grandfamilies in America report,  Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration .

Most grandfamilies face challenges in raising children they did not expect or plan to raise. Love Without Borders highlights the additional hurdles faced by grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. 

We're looking forward to a program that will include key report findings and stories from grandfamilies. Register now!
Generations United in the News
  • Washington Post columnist Theresa Vargas highlighted grandfamilies living at Plaza West. The D.C. apartment building has over 50 units reserved for grandparents raising grandchildren. Generations United was happy to help with this story. 
    Read Theresa's piece.
Submit to Present at our 2019 Conference
Submit your proposal to present at Generations United's 20th Global Intergenerational Conference, co-hosted by Bridge Meadows! We are currently seeking proposals for conference educational sessions that will enhance the intergenerational field's capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018.  Learn more.
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Cool Ideas
Surrogate Grandparents
Surrogate Grandparents is a New Zealand based Charitable Trust whose aim is to connect families with surrogate grandparents in order to forge lasting friendships and family bonds. Surrogate Grandparents can be the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents, they can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. 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
Walking with Miss Millie
The story takes place in the 1960s South. Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia, until she's put in charge of walking her elder neighbor's dog, Clarence. But he won't budge without Miss Millie. Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly become the highlight of Alice's day. She meets a mix of people. Miss Millie also shares her family's story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us 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.
Seeking Multigenerational Families for HGTV Series
A Major TV production company is now casting nationwide for extended families and multi-generational families who are pooling their resources to purchase their American dream home. Please apply.
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
Annie's Grants for Gardens. Funding is provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide to help children start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Grants may be used to purchase any supplies for an edible garden, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Public, charter, and private schools, as well as school districts and nonprofit organizations supporting a school garden, are eligible to apply. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018. Learn more.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. An initiative of the Bruner Foundation, the Award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities The Gold Medal winner will receive a $50,000 award, and four Silver Medal winners will receive $10,000 each. Deadline: Dec. 12, 2018. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.  Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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"My grandmother was around a long time and I would come home off a big concert with zillions of screaming fans and she would tell me to take the garbage out. I never forgot it." ~ LL Cool J, a 2019 Rock Hall of Fame nominee (see meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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