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 Volume 15, Issue 13
April 1, 2020
In the News
  • Last week, the president signed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law. The Act includes a series of intergenerational provisions for which Generations United advocated Read our statement.
  • A story on KJZZ Phoenix highlighted how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting grandfamilies in Arizona. The article quotes our GRAND Voice Member Sherry Griffin and cites a Generations United study. Learn more.
  • In her piece for ACEs Connection's blog, Beth Tyson highlighted grandfamilies in the time of the current COVID- 19 pandemic. Her piece shouts out our National Center on Grandfamilies, our GRAND Network and State Fact Sheets. Read her piece.
  • The Connecticut Mirror ran a story on volunteerism during physical distancing. The piece shouted out Generations United. Read the article
More Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing Conversations!
Generations United is hosting a series of informal conversations via Zoom to discuss challenges and more importantly share ideas and solutions on how we can adapt our programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during these unprecedented times. Check here for recordings of past meetings and details on future events. Stay tuned for an announcement later this week about our next event!
Hoja Informativa de Covid-19 Para Familias Lideradas Por Abuelos Y Otros Parientes
Las personas mayores de 60 años y aquellas con sistemas inmunes comprometidos se encuentran entre las poblaciones de mayor riesgo a las que COVID-19 está impactando. Si bien se aconseja a los abuelos que se aíslen físicamente de los nietos, es casi imposible para los cuidadores mayores distanciarse de los niños que están criando.  Aprende más.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Set in Calabria, in southern Italy, the book focuses on the exploits of Strega Nona, a community elder. She is a sort of female witch doctor noted throughout her home village for her numerous successful remedies. She helps her fellow villagers with their troubles, most notably by curing headaches, helping single women find husbands, and ridding people of warts. 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
COVID-19: How Intergenerational Organizations Are Adapting
The Eisner Foundation compiled a list of groups that are leveraging creative solutions to continue preserving connections across generations. In addition to Generations United, the list includes 826LA, EngAGE, DOROT, the Motion Picture Television Fund and ONEgeneration. See the full list and 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.
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
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
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
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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Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life. ~Octavio Paz, late Mexican poet and diplomat; his birthday was yesterday

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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