Volume 15 | Issue 40 | October 7, 2020
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Join Us for a Virtual Briefing on Shared Sites & COVID-19
Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation on Oct. 20 at 1pm, EDT for a virtual briefing about the value of intergenerational shared sites in serving young and old throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The program will include an overview of what we're learning from shared sites during the COVID-19 pandemic and ways that policy can support the development of shared site programs.

Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report
Last week, 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. 

A Better Way to Care for Young Children and Older Adults
In this blog post, Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United, and Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., CEO of Child Care Aware® of America, write about how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role of caregivers for young children and older adults and given us an opportunity to reimagine care from a lifespan perspective

Generations United in the News
The Patch ran a story on the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on grandfamilies. The story cites Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report on the same topic.

News from the Hill

  • On September 29th the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (OR) designating September 2020 as National Kinship Month. A similar resolution was also introduced in the by Rep. Karen Bass (CA).

  • Last Thursday Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Informing Grandfamilies Act, a bill that would require states to directly communicate with relative caregivers who receive or are applying for TANF cash assistance to inform them about potential options to receive financial support on behalf of the child through the child welfare system. It would also ensure states are referring the families to kinship navigator programs. Generations United endorsed the bill. Read the full text of the bill.  
Congratulations, Encore Public Voices Fellows!

Generations United congratulates the 2020-2021 Encore Public Voices Fellows, which were announced by Encore.org earlier this week! The list of fellows includes our fantastic colleagues and intergenerational champions Ernest Gonzales, Tim Carpenter, and Janine Vanderburg, among others. The fellowship is a prestigious initiative to accelerate the ideas and impact of new and necessary thought leaders, all working at the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We welcome our new member, Senior Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem, NC, and we thank them 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!
Cool Ideas
The Revelstoke Community Response Network takes a preventative and proactive approach to adult abuse by fostering a greater sense of community through its Intergenerational Learning program, currently in partnership with Moberly Manor and SD19/Bebgie View Elementary. In May, students engaged with residents through the windows while creating murals and sidewalk chalk throughout the 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.
Culture United
In her new children’s book, Thank You, Omu!, debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's 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.
New Online Course- International Diploma in Intergenerational Learning
Generations Working Together in partnership with the University of Granada is delighted to be able to offer another opportunity to participate on their accredited on-line course. The 7-week course, taking place Oct. 27- Dec. 14, is aimed at anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of intergenerational work, its purpose, impact and practical application to enable them to apply this within their own work. Students can complete their studies at times which are suitable to them as long as this falls between the start and finish date. 

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
RRF Foundation for Aging. RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly The Retirement Research Foundation) is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. During the last 42 years, RRF has awarded nearly 5,000 grants worth almost $250 million—all dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people. RRF recently completed a strategic planning process that sharpened this commitment and focused its grantmaking on four priority areas: Caregiving; Economic Security in Later Life; Housing; Social and Intergenerational Connectedness. LOIs should be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2020 for the February 1st proposal deadline. Learn more

The Children's Bureau. The Children’s Bureau has announced forecasts for two federal funding opportunities to help local jurisdictions better support kinship families:
  • Family Connection Grants: Building the Evidence for Kinship Navigator Programs : HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-CF-1903 
  • Improving Child Welfare Through Kinship Supports and Foster Care as Service to Families: HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-CW-1921 

Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program seeks to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional, and health barriers they face. This program provides support to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of housing residents and links them to training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum. In the case of elderly residents or residents with disabilities, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enable them to age or remain in place. Deadline: Nov. 19, 2020. Learn more.

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 gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Research & 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 Sánchez, 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. Did you know that 8 million children in the U.S. live in a home headed by a grandparent or other relative and that one in four children under five are regularly cared for by a grandparent? 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 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
Virtual Summit: Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children & Families. Child Welfare League of America. Online. Oct. 6-8, 2020. Learn more

2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience. National Recreation & Park Association. Oct. 27-29, 2020. Learn more.

20th Annual Dunlop Lecture: Addressing Homelessness: What Can (and Can't) Architecture Do? Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Oct. 13 at 7:30 pm, EDT. Learn more.
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"The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children." ~Mahatma Ghandi, whose birthday was October 2nd
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The Generations United Team
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