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 Volume 15, Issue 10
March 11, 2020
Calling all intergenerational practitioners!
Generations United's colleagues in Japan are conducting a survey of intergenerational programs in the US, and we need your help. The research aims to identify the practices of intergenerational programs in the US and Japan to develop a training program for Japanese professionals in the field of long-term care and community health. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey, and thank you for helping to support quality intergenerational programming in Japan! Take the survey
Apply to become a Generations United Senior Fellow
Are you a seasoned, accomplished professional that left or is leaving full-time professional employment? Want to help accomplish the work of Generations United? If your answers are yes, apply to become a Generations United Senior Fellow. Learn more.
Request for Multigenerational Households
A writer is seeking members of a multigenerational household to profile for her story on the growing trend of four-generation families. The ideal family is one that has scattered in previous years/generations and came back together in some way to live together again. Maybe it's for caregiving, maybe for financial reasons; it can be any of the generations among the four living together. Preferably, she would like to interview one person per generation in the household. This is for a large story for a national magazine. Those interested should contact her at
Cool Ideas
The Generations Music Classes
This program by Music Together is a mixed-age music together class. Children and their parents visit their "Musical Grandfriends" at a local retirement home or senior center and spend time making music as a large extended family. Music Together launched over 30 years ago in New Jersey and is now worldwide with programs in Italy, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, and Japan. Learn more about the Generations music class.

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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, Ebenezer Ridges, 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 !
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin
While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Grants for Local Parks and Community Centers. The HomeServe Cares Foundation's "Caring for Community" grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local government agencies that aim to help communities in the United States improve the quality of life for their residents. In the current funding round, the Foundation will provide grants valued at up to $20,000 each for projects that are intended to enhance local parks and community centers. Deadline: March 24, 2020. Learn more

Challenge America Grant.  The National Endowment for the Arts'  Challenge America program offers support of $10,000 to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations in communities that are under served. These include communities where opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Deadline: April 9, 2020.  Learn more

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

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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 .

New Interactive Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing. This toolkit, developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding form the Retirement Research Foundation, 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.

Healthier Together. This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs. Learn more. 
Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020. 

International Conference for Intergenerational Programs and Practices 2020. Japan Society for Intergenerational Studies & International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Japan. Sept. 16-18, 2020. Learn more.
  • Stay tuned for more info on our Executive Director Donna Butts's presentation.
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"In Africa, when an old person dies it is like when a library burns down." ~Hampâté Ba, Malian philosopher

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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