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 Volume 15, Issue 19
May 13, 2020
Join our Conversations on Intergenerational Connections During COVID-19
We hope you'll join us this Friday for our discussion with at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST. Learn more and register todayIn the meantime, follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we share examples of intergenerational responses. You can also  check out the recording  from our last virtual event with And keep the conversation going in the Intergenerational Connections Facebook group and the Gen2Gen Champions Group Generations United continues to monitor the evolving situation presented by this crisis and its impact on intergenerational connections across the United States and the world.  You can find all of Generations United's resources on COVID-19 here .
In the News
  • An article in National Geographic highlighted how to foster relationships between kids and grandparents. The piece quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts and our friends, ONEgenerationRead the article.
  • PennLive highlighted our GRAND Voice Member Joanne Clough and our Policy and Program Coordinator Diane Roznowski in an article about families of those who died from opioid use feeling slighted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article.
  • We applaud Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Brian Schatz and Sen. Bob Casey on announcing legislation to provide emergency cash assistance to families & individuals with low income. The release quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the release.
Grant Announcement
Generations United is pleased to announce that we received additional support from Pfizer to continue our ongoing campaign, Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations . This year, the project will respond to the growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, which are particularly detrimental  for grandparents and  older adult s  who are the primary or part-time caregivers of young children. The project will result  in a new infographic to educate grandfamily caregivers about these issues, which will include key messages that can be conveyed to policymakers about the critical role vaccinations play in keeping people of all ages healthy.
Webinar: Supporting Grandfamilies in a Pandemic
Join  Generations United and the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging  on Thurs., May 21, at 2 PM ET , for a conversation on how the Aging Network can best support older adults raising grandchildren or other young relatives during this tumultuous time. In this COVID era, sharing of emerging practices is critical, and we hope to capture local responses during the webinar. Register today
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions.  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 !
Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing
We are still learning how best to connect the generations while maintaining physical distancing.  Generations United developed a guide to share ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
Cool Ideas
StoryCorps Connect
Developed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview goes into their archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. 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
The Value of Wrinkles: A Young Perspective on How Loving the Old Will Change Your Life
Isabel Tom grew up living with grandparents and has spent over a decade of her career serving older adults. In The Value of Wrinkles, she offers a young adult perspective on what older adults offer younger generations while giving insight on how to care for elders. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Internet Access Support for Students in 50 Cities. Mobile Beacon's Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program was created to offer schools in 50 cities across the United States the laptops and mobile Internet access they need to help students struggling to keep up.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Learn more and apply today.  

Grassroots Community Organizing in the Midwest Supported. The Needmor Fund's Core Grants program focuses on supporting grassroots community organizing in the Midwest. Support is provided to grassroots, membership-based community organizations that are democratically led, engaged in direct action campaigns, and committed to leadership development. Deadline: June 30, 2020. Learn more.

Request for Proposals. RRF Foundation for Aging is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. RRF recently completed a strategic planning process that sharpened their commitment and focused its grantmaking on four priority areas: Caregiving, Economic Security in Later Life, Housing and Social and Intergenerational Connectedness. LOI Deadline: June 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
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   .

New 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.

New Survey on Feeding Infants.  Generations United, in partnership with the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA) , evaluated results from a recent INCA survey to understand what grandfamilies need to know about feeding infants in their care.  Learn more .

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.
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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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