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 Volume 15, Issue 34
August 26, 2020
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In the News
  • In their series, The Organized Life, this Public Storage article looks at how to make multigenerational homes work. Our Executive Director Donna Butts is quoted in the story. Read this piece
  • RetireGuide ran an article on grandparents practicing self-care while raising their grandchildren. Our longtime Special Advisor Ana Beltran is quoted in the story. Learn more.
  • The Imprint featured our GRAND Voices Gail Engel, Sarah Smalls and Marisa Van Zile in an article on kinship caregivers who are faced with the tough decision of whether to send their children back to school during COVID-19. Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent is also quoted in the story. Learn more.
  • We announced the winners of our Humans of Dementia story contest in May and honored them a month later through a virtual event. Now, Generations United highlights issues surrounding dementia in a joint Op Ed with our contest partners Hilarity for Charity, UsAgainstAlzheimer's, the National Scholastic Press Association, MemoryWell, and AARP. Learn more.
Engaging Students and Older Adults Remotely
Head back to school with Generations United, The Eisner Foundation, and organizations remotely connecting students and older adults in creative ways on Tuesday, September 1st at 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific. Many organizations are grappling with privacy concerns and technological barriers as they seek to maintain programming this fall --     this hour-long webinar will share how DOROT, Reading Partners, and the Koreatown Youth and Community Center have adapted their efforts to our current remote reality, and give you the opportunity to connect with other practitioners across the country. 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Keith Lowhorne, who gave in honor of "The fantastic staff at Generations United who help so many people." We also thank Marlene Goldman, who gave in honor of "Donna Butts." 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!
Don't Miss Out on this Discount!
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group are offering a 20% discount on Intergenerational Contact Zones: Place-based Strategies for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging by Matt Kaplan, Leng Leng Thang, Mariano Sánchez, and Jaco Hoffman. Use the discount code SS120 or click this link for the discount.

"Intergenerational Contact Zones: Place-based Strategies for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging is a MUST READ for researchers, practitioners and policymakers interested in promoting intergenerational engagement.  The intergenerational contact zone (ICZ) framework is presented as a conceptual, design and programmatic tool that can help us understand the role of the physical environment in fostering meaningful intergenerational relationships. The rich mix of articles provides the reader with applications of this concept from around the world as well as concrete strategies for creating  intergenerationally-enriched environments."  
  ---     Nancy Henkin, Generations United Senior Fellow 
Cool Ideas
Joy of Music
This program, based in Omaha, NE, was started by young musicians who performed live music to residents at assisted living centers. Due to COVID-19, they're performing virtually and sharing these videos with older adults. Watch their performances and read their letters of encouragement

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.
Intergenerational Childcare/Preschool COVID-19 Questionnaire
Generations United is gathering information on the experiences of intergenerational childcare and/or preschool programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This very brief questionnaire will take less than 5 minutes and the results will help make the case for the important role intergenerational shared sites play in our communities. Access the questionnaire. Please respond by August 28, 2020. If you have any questions, challenges, or would like to speak to someone in person, please do not hesitate to contact Sheri Steinig.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
In the first few seconds of the short film Joyride, sisters Karina and Marina prepare for somewhat of an atypical road trip. They're about to break their grandmother Juana out of her nursing home and drive her across state lines to the Grand Canyon. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Grants to Address Social and Economic Injustice. The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund is offering grants ranging between $6,000 and $8,000 (the maximum grant amount is $15,000) to organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020. Learn more

Support for Efforts to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Children. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative is currently offering Food Insecurity Grants and Mental Health Grants. The latter focuses on programs that foster collaboration between stakeholders* while the first grant focus on programs, in and outside the school environment, that attempt to address gaps in delivering food and nutritional education to children. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020. Learn more. 

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of places throughout the country where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the United States. Deadline for Phase 1: Oct. 15, 2020. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to

* These include school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits, to address mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources 
Research and Resources
Racial Equity Toolkits. Generations United released two new tool kits 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

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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"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." ~Mother Teresa, whose birthday is today; she would've been 110

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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