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 Volume 15, Issue 8
February 26, 2020
Generations United at Genesis
Our Executive Director Donna Butts (3rd from left) visiting Genesis , an intergenerational community developed and run by Mi Casa, Inc. Donna is with DC Child and Family Services Agency 's Director Brenda Donald (center-left), Elizabeth Darling (center-right: commissioner at the Administration for Children, Youth and Families at Administration for Children and Families - ACF at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ) and the team from Mi Casa!
In the News
  • The Morning Journal highlighted Kendal at Oberlin, a retirement community bringing generations together. The article also mentions Generations United. Kendal is one of our Programs of Distinction. Read the article
Generations United Senior Fellows Program
Are you a seasoned, accomplished professional that's left or is leaving full-time professional employment? Want to help accomplish the work of Generations United? If your answers are yes, apply to become a Generations United Senior Fellow. Learn more.
2019 Programs of Distinction
SMART Reading
Based in Portland, OR, SMART Reading is a children's literacy nonprofit that serves kids in Oregon's highest need schools with two ingredients critical for literacy and learning success: one-on-one reading time and access to books. The organization mobilizes volunteers of all ages to read with Pre-K through third-grade children, fostering intergenerational relationships that build children's self-confidence, literacy skills and a love of reading. In return, Oregonians receive a meaningful way to make a direct impact on future generations right in their own backyard. The simple magic and joy of a shared book can change the life trajectory for Oregonians big and small.  See our full list of Programs of Distinction.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, The Salvation Army, 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 !
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
"Flying around Manhattan Island, somersaulting in midair, resting in the sky on a chair-shaped cloud... Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, are having an extraordinary adventure. How do they manage this exhilarating travel that started in the park? On Rosalba's marvelous imagination." (Scholastic) 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
2020 AARP Community Challenge. The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Eligible projects will aim to increase civic engagement, creative vibrant public places, deliver a range of transportation and mobility options, support the availability of a range of housing, demonstrate the tangible value of "Smart Cities," and include other community improvements. Deadline: April 1, 2020. Learn more

Youth Service Zone Grants. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, YSA's Youth Service Zone grants offer grants of up to $15,000 to help organizations and schools work collaboratively to increase the youth volunteer rates in their community. Collaboratives of three organizations leading efforts in communities, regions, or states with at least 100,000 residents are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 27, 2020. Learn more

Pop Up Rapid Response Grants.  The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive   positive  narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims.  Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more .

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
The Intergenerational Friends Fair: A Strategy for Deepening a Community's Intergenerational Footprint. This 6-minute video (part of a multimedia curriculum by Kaplan, M; Long, D.; and Pacchioli, L.) draws from footage from the Intergenerational Friends Fair that was held on Jun 1, 2019. The event featured interactive exhibits and events planned by over a dozen local organizations working to expand opportunities for intergenerational living, learning and leading throughout State College, Pennsylvania. Watch the video.

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.

Healthier Together. This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs. Learn more. 
National Conference. Generations Working Together. Glasgow, Scotland. March 4, 2020. Learn more.

Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020. 

International Conference for Intergenerational Programs and Practices 2020. Japan Society for Intergenerational Studies & International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Japan. Sept. 16-18, 2020. Learn more.
  • Stay tuned for more info on our Executive Director Donna Butts's presentation.
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"My grandmother always says that learning is a lifetime." ~Douglas Boykin on his grandmother, NASA Langley's "human computer" Katherine Johnson

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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