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 Volume 15, Issue 29
July 22, 2020
In the News
  • USA TODAY did a segment on the financial and emotional benefits of multigenerational households. The article cites Generations United. Check it out
  • In her article for Greater Good Magazine, Marci Alboher, a vice president at, highlighted how relationships with people of different ages can bring meaning, joy, and a better world. The piece quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • Senior Times ran an article  by our GRAND Voice Member Gail Gallagher on bonding with her grandchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Gail's piece
  • Local 10 Miami did a story on multigenerational households in the time of COVID-19. Donna was interviewed for the article. Learn more
New Tools Elevate Cultural Strengths and Helps Organizations Better Support Families
Generations United is excited to release two new toolkits that feature grandfamilies-related content on the racism, bias and justice in the juvenile justice system, policing and courts and how it impacts Black and Brown people. The first, created in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association, focuses on American Indian and Alaskan Native grandfamilies. The other focuses on African American grandfamilies. Learn more
Catch Our Executive Director's Session Next Week!
Next Thursday, 1-5 PM ET via Zoom, young professionals will join Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and other top social policy experts to examine why we have social insurance, and how the nation's social contract might evolve in light of both the pandemic and increased calls for social justice. Our Executive Director Donna Butts will moderate the closing session. Register today!
Survey on Generations United's 2021 Global Intergenerational Conference
For more than 20 years, Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference has brought together leaders, educators, and advocates from around the world to learn, connect, and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field. We recognize the critical importance of using an intergenerational lens to tackle the unprecedented issues that are facing the world today.
Given the current pandemic, Generations United is exploring options for our 2021 Global Intergenerational Conference. We are looking for input from our network regarding preferences for an in-person or virtual convening in summer 2021, and we ask that you  complete a brief survey to share your feedback.  Take the survey.
Join our Grandfamilies Team!
Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies is seeking a Special Projects Coordinator to join our results-oriented team and be a part of building on a 20-year legacy of working on behalf of and with grandfamilies (aka grandparents and other relatives raising children). The ideal candidate will have experience working with race equity issues and be deeply committed to intergenerational families and programs. See the full job posting.
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A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. T ogether, 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 !
Culture United
Kay and her daughter Sam travel to the home of Kay's mother Edna. When they arrive they are told that Edna has not been seen by her neighbors in a while. The pair find the house empty, with walls and fruit covered in mold, several new locks on doors, and various notes around the house supposedly from Edna which range from simple reminders ("take pills") to ominous phrases ("do not follow it"). This movie shows how a daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home. 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
Words Over Time: Intergenerational Dialogue
Facilitated by Berkeley's Darren Zook, this age-spanning, perspective-shifting dialogue between OLLI members and Berkeley undergraduates offers an invaluable opportunity to initiate civil, reflective, and meaningful conversation across the chronological divide and across the social and political landscape. 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.

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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" You can turn your back now and you can keep your club in your hand, but  you cannot beat down justice. And we will register to vote because as citizens of these United States we have the right to do it." ~C. T. Vivian-the late minister, author and close friend and lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement; he passed on Monday. 

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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