Volume 16 | Issue 42 | October 20, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Recap of Last Week's Virtual Briefing on Intergenerational Shared Sites
During our virtual briefing with The Eisner Foundation, our speakers elevated the value and importance of shared sites—a unique type of intergenerational program that pairs younger generations with older adults in the same physical location, that build relationships and bring them together with activities or programs such as art, music, cooking, or yoga. Participants also learned how policies can encourage their development and enhancement. If you missed our event, check out the recap.
Job Opportunity at Generations United
Generations United is seeking an Operations Coordinator to join our results-oriented team. The position supports the Finance and Operations Director. Application Deadline: Oct. 27, 2021. See the full description.
Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids
Every child deserves a strong start in life. By ensuring that all babies and toddlers have access to resources and services they need—regardless of where they live, their family’s income or education, their gender, or the color of their skin—we can strengthen our communities and live up to our promise as a nation. Not sure where to start? Making simple choices, like avoiding sugary drinks and serving plain milk or water, may seem small but can make a big difference for your child’s or grandchild’s health. Watch these videos to learn more, and check out HealthyDrinksHealthyKids.org.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board members—Barb Quaintance, Gerri Hall, Joe Cuticelli, and Pam Smith—for their contributions. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
Angel Cards

Each week, we'll be highlighting a program from our resource, Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Next up is Angel Cards.

After Jesse J. Adams, an assistant prop master, experienced an isolated holiday season after experiencing serious medical issues, he got to “thinking about other people spending holidays alone”. He approached the Motion Picture & Television Fund and established Angel Cards, which has delivered thousands of letters to isolated and aging entertainment industry members around the holidays and their birthdays. Jesse notes, “In a digital world, no one takes the time to handwrite a letter. It’s a nice thing that people would take the time. Our shared experience makes us family in a way, so if we can do something for a member of our family who is in need or lonely or isolated, it’s a nice thing to do” Learn more.
Culture United
The Tender Bar

"The Tender Bar tells the story of J.R., a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie, is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her—and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father—J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams—with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar. The Tender Bar is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer." (from Amazon Prime) 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
NEW! Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Education Grants Program supports education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The Program offers financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Deadline: Dec. 6, 2021. Learn more.

African American Civil Rights Grant Program. This program of the National Park Service documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens. For this initiative, Preservation and History grants are available. These grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021. Learn more.

People, Parks and Power. This initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support community-based organizations and base-building groups working in urban, low-income communities of color across the United States to increase park equity through local policy and systems change. The geographic focus of the P3 initiative is urban areas—with a particular interest in small and mid-sized cities (under 500,000 population). Deadline: Nov. 4, 2021. Learn more.

Fuel for 50 Initiative. Robin Hood will award 50 nonprofits supporting parents and caregivers with $25,000 in unrestricted funding, access to workshops and support, and opportunities for up to $1 million in future funding. Deadline: Nov. 19, 2021. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & Resources
New Intergenerational Resources. This latest set of free resources, developed by Generations United with support from the RRF Foundation for Aging, aims to strengthen and expand intergenerational programs. The new publications—Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs, Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, and Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic—support the growing field of practice by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working to connect and support older adults, children, and youth. Learn more.

Sharing Our Space: A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites is designed for individuals and organizations interested in creating an intergenerational shared site or enhancing services at their current site. Divided into 10 sections, the toolkit details every step of the development and operation process, from initial planning to sustaining long-term shared site programs. Each section includes effective practices, challenges, tips, examples, and concrete tools gathered from researchers and practitioners from across the field, organized towards the goal of assisting readers in planning and implementing high-quality shared sites. Learn more.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Intergenerational Shared Sites Chart is designed to share some federal funding sources that include—or could include—support for intergenerational shared sites. Learn more.

Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report—Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving BeyondGrandfamily caregivers are the first line of defense for children during the pandemic, having stepped in when parents cannot raise them for many reasons, including cases where children's parents have died from the COVID-19 virus. Download the full report, watch Senator Sherrod Brown's award acceptance speech, and listen to stories of grandfamilies impacted by COVID-19. Learn more.

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- especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia and whooping cough is important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.
Upcoming Events
Dear Black Male. Dates: Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9, and 16, 2021. Learn more.
“If you go out in the countryside someplace and build a thousand residential units and have them cheap enough, you’ll probably fill the place up. But that’s not going to make a community. I think having facilities readily available for people of all kinds, from little kids to the elderly – that’s the most important thing of all.”~Robert Simon, founder of Reston
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