Volume 16 | Issue 37 | September 15, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
SAVE THE DATE: Sharing Our Spaces: How Intergenerational Shared Sites Maximize Infrastructure Investments and Benefit All Generations
Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation on Oct. 14, 2021, at 3 pm ET, for a virtual briefing on intergenerational shared sites. Participants will learn the value and importance of shared sites and how policies can encourage their development and enhancement. Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Do Something Grand Throughout September
Last week, Generations United and our national partners did something grand! Our campaign asked, "How will you look at connecting generations differently this Grandparents Day?" Leading up to Grandparents Day, we elevated COVID-19 and racial equity resources. Our #DoSomethingGrand on Twitter had over 100 tweets and reached nearly 665,000. With our reach of nearly 317,000 Facebook profiles and nearly 20,000 Instagram accounts, our total social media reach was over 1 million accounts.

September is Intergenerational Month and Kinship Care Month. We're encouraging folks to continue to Do Something Grand. In summer 2020, StoryCorps recorded grandfamilies' stories of COVID-19 hardships and hopes. The participants are members of Generation United’s GRAND Voices Network. Listen to their stories.
In the News
  • Sarasota Magazine ran a piece on COVID-19 introducing a new demand for keeping three generations under one roof. The article highlights our report, Family Matters: Multigenerational Living is on the Rise and Here to Stay. Read the article.

  • WLKY Louisville featured Harbor House of Louisville in a story about an intergenerational care center raising funds for its expansion. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.

  • Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded more than $1 million to Wayne State University for their health and nutrition projects. Wayne State announced this in the university's news outlet, which listed Generations United among the Fund's grantees. Learn more.
New Report Explores Challenges and Strengths of Philadelphia's Grandfamilies
A new report—Grandfamilies of Philadelphia: Strengths, Needs, and Supports—resulted from Generations United's Grandfamilies Project—with support from the William Penn Foundation—that explored the unmet needs of Philadelphia’s grandfamilies, the conditions giving rise to their new caregiving status, and the barriers that interfered with family stability and issues of access to services. The report also includes recommendations for community and government agencies to improve their services to grandfamilies based on the project findings and related research. Learn more.
Tweet of the Week
Cool Idea
AARP Foundation Experience Corps

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 AARP Foundation Experience Corps.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps, in 22 cities across the United States, pivoted from in-person tutoring to virtual for the 2020-2021 school year and piloting this approach during the
2020–2021 school year to determine the extent of its effectiveness. The virtual tutoring pilot
connects older adults with students whether schools are fully remote, fully in-person, or some
hybrid of the two on a staggered schedule. 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! 
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In 2020, Generations United—with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—released two racial equity toolkits designed to help organizations provide culturally appropriate services to grandfamilies. Later this year, we will release a third resource focused on working with Latinx grandfamilies. We are currently evaluating our existing toolkits’ impact and efficacy. Please read them and complete the following relevant survey. We encourage you to also share them with your networks.

Culture United
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the lower Manhattan's young and old people stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary. 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Update to Letter of Inquiry Process. RRF Foundation for Aging announces a change to their Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submission deadlines. To provide invited applicants more time to prepare a full proposal, RRF is moving LOI submission deadlines two weeks earlier. Deadlines for full proposals and funding decisions remain unchanged. The next LOI deadline is Nov. 15, 2021. Learn more.

Quality Improvement Project. Opening Minds through Art (OMA) has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to expand its program in the state. The grant enables Ohio nursing homes to apply for startup funding to adopt the program. Selected nursing homes will receive $1,500 scholarship for two staff members ($750/person) to attend the OMA Facilitator Training program and $2000 for art supplies. Deadline: ongoing. 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 average grant is $8,000 (the maximum grant amount is $20,000) to organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society. Deadline: ongoing. 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.

Kinship Care Month Webinar: Lifting the Voices of Kinship Caregivers through Advisory Council Engagement and Peer Mentoring. Date: Sept. 16, 2021. Learn more.
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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