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 Volume 15, Issue 39
Sept. 30, 2020
Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report is Out!
Yesterday, Generations United released our new report, Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond, at a virtual event. These grandfamily 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 acceptance speech, and listen to stories of grandfamilies impacted by COVID-19
Generations United in the News
  • When families choose to bring several generations under one roof, it's usually a temporary plan that turns permanent. Will it become more mainstream? Newspoint360 interviewed our Executive Director Donna Butts to speak about the trend and its stigma. Watch the video.
Meet Our New Senior Fellow
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Anita Rogers to the Generations United team. She authored Generations United's racial equity toolkit that features African American grandfamilies. Her experiences include delivering education, civil rights, human services, reentry programming, violence prevention, victim assistance and mental health in varied capacities: administrator, fundraiser, program developer, evaluator, strategic planner, teacher, and trainer. Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank the Consumer Technology Association Foundation for their contribution. 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!
Tweets of the Week
Cool Ideas
The Concordium
These Harvard students created a videoconferencing platform that matches older adults to younger adults based on common experiences and shared interests. It provides a simple, web-based framework to facilitate regular conversations. 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
My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. 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
Housing for Everyone Grant Competition. The TD Charitable Foundation's 2020 Housing for Everyone grant competition focuses on "direct relief and supportive services for renters affected by COVID-19." Support will be provided for programs that provide access to safe, clean, physically accessible affordable rental housing units and needed wraparound services for families, individuals, older adults, new Americans, veterans, the disabled, women, and youth. Deadline: Oct. 30, 2020. Learn more

Annie's Grants for Gardens. Support is provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide to help children start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Grants---$3,000 for new applicants and $5,000 for returning applicants---may be used to purchase any supplies for an edible garden, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Deadline: Nov. 2, 2020. Learn more

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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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"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her."~Urie Bronfenbrenner, American psychologist

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Alan King

Communications Specialist

Generations United

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