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 Volume 15, Issue 14
April 8, 2020
Now Is the Time to Remember We're Stronger Together
The COVID-19 pandemic calls for us to leverage creative solutions to continue preserving connections across generations. It's important to remember that we're stronger together and that we'll get through this. In the mean time, Generations United is actively monitoring the evolving situation by this global pandemic and its impact on intergenerational connections around the world. We will continue to share our responses and resources. Learn more.
In the News
  • Kaiser Health News interviewed our Executive Director Donna Butts for a story on how multigenerational families manage physical distancing under one roof. The article also cites our COVID-19 fact sheet for grandfamilies. Read the article. (This story also ran on  NPRKCUR 89.3, KMOV4, and in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Atlanta Voice.)
  • In her Medium post, our Executive Director Donna Butts addresses ageism during the COVID-19 quarantine. She highlights the importance of using this time to connect across generations. Read Donna's piece
April 10th Conversation Co-Hosted With Encore.Org
We hope you will join us for the next Zoom conversation on intergenerational programs during COVID-19.  Generations United is co-hosting a call with our friends from this Friday, April 10, at 4pm ET / 1pm PT. Register for the webinar . We'll discuss new approaches to increase access and connection across generations - with a focus on creative strategies that address barriers to technology. We'll also hear from Martha Dietzel, School on Wheels; Raymond A. Jetson, MetroMorphosis; Christine Posadas, LA Works RSVP Program; and Alex Smith, The Cares Foundation on how they are adapting their programs.  Check here for recordings of past meetings and details on future events. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, Grupo SEPI, for their contribution. 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 !
Child Welfare League of America's Webinar Series on Kinship Navigator Response to COVID-19 Pandemic 
  • Part 1: Virtual Assistance (Wed., April 29, 1 - 2:30 PM ET) This webinar will describe typical services and offer guidance on best practices in response to COVID-19. Presenters will explore how virtual kinship navigators are enhancing supports via "virtual case management," conference calls, online webinars, chats, and other virtual services. Register here.
  • Part 2: Community-Based Assistance (Wed., May 6, 1 - 2:30 PM ET) With the focus on social distancing, the usual case management, support group, and respite services must adapt. This webinar will look at responsive innovations and suggest best practices. Register here.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Ruby's Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee
Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother's house to deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey. This picture book includes back matter with a focus on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 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.
Cool Ideas
Matthew McConaughey hosts "Virtual Bingo" for Older Adults at a Texas Retirement Home
Actor Matthew McConaughey joined a group of older adults from The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living community in Round Rock, Texas, on Friday, April 3, in a game of "virtual bingo" over a group video call.  Joining McConaughey for the bingo party were his mother, his wife, and his children. 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
Grants in Education. The SEL in Action Awards, a partnership of the NoVo Foundation with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades pre-K-12. They offer grants of up to $7,000 for educator-led projects, and up to $25,000 for district-level projects. Deadline: April 10, 2020. Learn more

Grants for Groups Promoting Cultural Experience Engaging U.S. Muslims and Their Neighbors.  Through their Building Bridges Grants Program, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is offering grants, ranging from $25,000 to $300,000 over one to three years, to nonprofits in the planning and implementation of projects. The work must engage U.S.-based Muslims and their neighbors in arts- and media-based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being.  Deadline: April 17, 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 provides 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
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Generations United
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