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 Volume 15, Issue 9
March 4, 2020
New Interactive Toolkit
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing, a toolkit developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge TSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from 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. The materials contained in the toolkit can help you begin developing your program and/or give you tips on deepening or expanding your intergenerational work. Visit the interactive website.
In the News
  • MarketWatch reporter Alessandra Malito profiled Sister Edna Lonergan, founder of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, in an article on improving the health of toddlers and older adults at the same time. The article--which mentioned other Generations United members like Gentog and Bethlehem Intergenerational Center--also quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts, shouts out The Eisner Foundation, and cites our report with them, The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces That Connect Young and Old. Read the article
  • Business Insider Australia picked up an article that originally ran in Insider: college students living with older adults in an assisted living facility and how it benefits both young and old. The story quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • The Journal ran a story on support groups for grandfamilies in West Virginia. The article cited a 2017 Generations United study. Learn more.
Intergenerational Grants from the St. David's Foundation
Last week, the  St. David's Foundation  announced 13 new grant partners in intergenerational work.  Generations United  is thrilled to be working with the Foundation on their important new initiative to connect generations with creativity and innovation across Central Texas.  Learn more.
Recording for the Adoption vs. Guardianship Webinar Now Available!
Last week, our filled-to-capacity webinar provided information on adoption and guardianship for children in kinship foster care. It explored how each differs and the trends in state laws as they impact these options. Check out the recording
Listen to a Life Contest Now Accepting Submissions
Young people 8 to 18 years old can win big by interviewing a grandparent or grandfriend and writing a real-life story for the  Legacy Project 's 20th annual Listen to a Life Story Contest.  Meaningful things happen when you listen to a life: you travel time, learning from the past for a better future . Deadline is March 27.   Learn more .
Tweet of the Week
Cool Ideas
Dr. Seuss Celebration at Head Start
Five Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteers visited the Mary Cathey Head Start Center to read an assortment of Dr. Seuss book to students. One of the RSVP Volunteers showed up as the Cat in the Hat, passing out stickers and telling the children about Dr. Seuss's life. 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.
Culture United
Mr. Posey's New Glasses by Ted Kooser
Mr. Posey is feeling gloomy. Everything seems dull. Maybe he needs new glasses? Perhaps a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop with his energetic young neighbor, Andy, will help. But when the duo try on the glasses in the shop's barrel, they're in for a big surprise. 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
2020 AARP Community Challenge. The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Eligible projects will aim to increase civic engagement, creative vibrant public places, deliver a range of transportation and mobility options, support the availability of a range of housing, demonstrate the tangible value of "Smart Cities," and include other community improvements. Deadline: April 1, 2020. Learn more

Youth Service Zone Grants. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, YSA's Youth Service Zone grants offer grants of up to $15,000 to help organizations and schools work collaboratively to increase the youth volunteer rates in their community. Collaboratives of three organizations leading efforts in communities, regions, or states with at least 100,000 residents are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 27, 2020. Learn more

Pop Up Rapid Response Grants.  The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive   positive  narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims.  Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more .

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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. 
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 !
National Conference. Generations Working Together. Glasgow, Scotland. March 4, 2020. 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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"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." ~Jane Addams (an American settlement activist, social worker, and author); Happy National Professional Social Work Month!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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