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 Volume 15, Issue 37
Sept. 16, 2020
In the News
  • FOX 59 News in Indiana and WATN Local 24 in Tennessee each did a segment on Grandparents Day! They interviewed Debbie Allen, who highlighted Aspercreme's #LoveIsGrand campaign that's part of our partnership with Sanofi. She also called out Generations United! Check out the video on Fox 59 and on WATN Local 24
  • WAVE 3 News did a segment on grandparents having a tough time caring for children during COVID-19. Our GRAND Voice Member Norma Hatfield is quoted in the piece. Learn more.
Tweets of the Week
Register Now for Grandfamilies Report Release Event
Join Generations United on Sept. 29 at 1 PM for the online release of Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report, which seeks to elevate the unique needs of grandfamilies heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also includes solutions to connect grandfamilies to critical supports during this crisis. The event will include Generations United honoring Senator Sherrod Brown with our Grandfamilies Champion Award. Register today!
Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages
Generations United's new infographic illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids-they protect all generations. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia and whooping cough are important to protect both older adults and children. Soon a vaccine for COVID-19 will also be critical for both age groups. Check it out
Cool Ideas
Pen Pal Program at Brentwood Care Centre
Residents from Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta---a province in Western Canada---are taking part in an ongoing joint venture with Guided Learning, a local organization that helps provide educational support to children from six-years-old up to 16 by helping them build self-confidence and self-resilience. Following a resident focus group where residents expressed how much they enjoyed both letter writing and receiving letters, the team came up with the idea of connecting them with pen pals, young people within the local community. 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.
Do Something Grand Throughout September
Last week, Generations United and our national partners did something grand! Our campaign---    which focused on COVID-19 and Racial Equity---     also changed the perspective of older adults. Did you know that 77 percent of grandparents felt they were seen in an outdated way? We changed that by partnering with Sanofi on the #LoveIsGrand campaign for Aspercreme, which highlights active grandparents engaging with their grandchildren.

Leading up to Grandparents Day, we shared resources on COVID-19, racism, bias, injustices and how they impact Black and Brown People. Our #DoSomethingGrand hashtag on Twitter and Instagram combined had over 330 posts and over 160 accounts. Our reach was over 3.6 million people----     thanks to Debbie Allen, the celebrity spokesperson for Aspercreme and the #LoveIsGrand campaign, who shouted out Generations United on social media and on TV interviews.

September is Kinship Care Month. We're encouraging folks to continue to Do Something Grand. Visit A Second Chance, Inc. for kinship care content all month. Follow Foster Kinship on Twitter for additional resources.
Culture United
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone Shoe Store in Chicago. Standing a gawky 5'11'' at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn't stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone's Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother's company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire. Now Jenna is about to become a shoe-store spy as she joins her older employer for an eye-opening adventure that will teach them both the rules of the road and the rules of life. 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.
Join ACL! Leadership role in the Administration on Aging
The Administration for Community Living is seeking a Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging. This is a key position in the Administration on Aging within the Administration for Community Living. Read the full job posting
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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
Intercultural Harmony Program. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations in the states of Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in New York and the Rio Grande Valley, Deep East Texas, and the Brazos Valley regions of Texas, that include members of various cultural communities working together on intercultural projects with tangible benefits in the larger community. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020. Learn more

Arts Grant. Creative Native supports young Indigenous artists ages 15-24 years old by providing them an opportunity to receive national recognition, funding for art supplies, and award of $200. Deadline: Sept. 18, 2020. Learn more. 

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

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources 
Research and Resources
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 S├ínchez, and Jaco Hoffman. Use the discount code SS120 or click this link for the discount.

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.
HHS Region III Virtual Adoption Initiative Roundtable #2 "Kinship Care Support." Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Health Resources & Services Administration. Sept. 22, 2020. This regional event is open to registrants in DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more.
  • Our longtime Special Advisor Ana Beltran is among the featured speakers.
GRANDfamilies Support Group. Coatesville Center for Community Health and Recovery Centers of America. Sept. 21, 2020. Learn more.

Honoring the Strength and Diversity of Kinship Families: The Role of Kinship Navigator Programs. Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. Online. Sept. 23, 2020. Learn more

Virtual Summit: Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children & Families. Child Welfare League of America. Online. Oct. 6-8, 2020. Learn more
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"Each night,/all the years we were growing up,/she sat in the big/yellow rocking chair/& pieced together/our lives/with countless/stitches of her/silver needle." ~Brian Andreas, "Silver Needle," a poem about his grandmother. He turns 64 tomorrow. 

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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