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 Volume 14, Issue 50
January 8, 2020
Grant News
  • Generations United was awarded $198,941 over 12 months from the William Penn Foundation to assess the characteristics, needs, and strengths of Philadelphia grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Generations United has assembled a dynamic team of colleagues, including experts Anita Rogers and Bert Hayslip, to lead the assessment and develop the report. Learnings from the report will be shared with the broader Philadelphia community to raise visibility and encourage supports for grandfamilies.
New Episode Up!                
This episode, which features our GRAND Voice Member  Victoria Gray , focuses on constituent engagement. Learn how constituents are taking action, getting involved, and building the movement. Listen to this episode
Cool Ideas
Peace by Piece: The Norwalk Community Quilt Project
The participants in this after school art program range in age from 8 to 83. "Young participants are mentored by the elders int he room, and the children provide companionship to our seniors," Lizzy Rockwell, founder of Peace by Piece, told  Next Avenue in a Dec. 23 article that featured the program. "Everyone is gaining math, design and handcrafting skills, expressing themselves creatively, and experiencing the soothing benefits inherent in needle crafts." 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board members -- Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Joe Cuticelli, and Mary Anne Mason -- and former board member Shelley Lyford

We also thank our new member, Joy for Generations, as well as  Eric Kingson, Mary Anne Casey, Marilina Sanz, Paul ArfinSusanne Seperson and William Carey for their contributions. 

Additional gratitude to Donna Butts (who gave "in honor of Danica and Claire's graduations"), Jaia Peterson Lent (who gave in honor of her mom, Ruth Peterson, "who always loved and nurtured children, was a beloved grandmother to my son and 'adopted' grandmother to countless others.") and Zoe Dash  ( who gave "in honor of Soon-to-be-grandparents (again!) Diane and Lenny.")  

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 !
Culture United
Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, this HBO series takes place in Tulsa, OK, 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops on the beat, laws are passed th at allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and follows in her grandfather's footsteps, fighting racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes. 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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge. A collaboration presented by Enterprise Community Partners with generous financial support from Wells Fargo, this  competitive application process gives innovators an opportunity to receive a grant to further scalable housing affordability solutions that specifically address up to two of the challenge's three focus areas: housing construction, housing financing, and resident services and support. Deadline: Feb. 19, 2020. Learn more

Grants to Stop Hunger. Youth Service America and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Grants up to $1,200 are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action. Deadline: Feb. 16, 2020. 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. 
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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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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