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 Volume 11, Issue 1
January 6, 2016
Best Intergenerational Community Awards Deadline Jan. 15th!
There's no place like home - especially if you live in a community that offers opportunities for every generation. Sound like your community? Then apply today for the 2016 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations United.  No community is too big or too small. The award winning communities will be publicly recognized at an Intergenerational Communities Briefing in Washington, DC, in Spring 2016, including visits with their members of Congress.  Learn more, then download the application .
 Blaze a Trail Theme of Older  Americans Month
 Get ready now to celebrate Older Americans Month in May using an intergenerational approach. Learn more about Older Americans Month  and download materials.

It's More than Carols, Cookies & Candy Canes
Read Donna's latest Huffington Post blog calling for deeper engagement in intergenerational programs. She calls out Generations United members Sunshine Care and Bridges Together among other examples of quality efforts connecting generations. Please read, like and share!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Thank you to renewing board members ZERO TO THREE and Volunteers of America and renewing member the Intergeneration Foundation.
Welcome and thank you to new members Chautauqua Education and Event Promotions, Inc and the Eel River Mulitgenerational Center!
Thank you to the following for your tribute gifts:
Veronica Thomas, in honor of Mary Wassmann, the most loving, giving grandmother any child could ask for
Susan Mason, in honor of the gym ladies
Donna Butts, in honor of Bill Libro
Many thanks to MaryLee Allen,The Brookdale Foundation, Brent Elrod, Helene Block Fields, Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Bert Hayslip, Eric Kingson, Marilyn and John Oyler, Barb Quaintance, Francine Salamone, Sheri Steinig, Bettina Thorpe-Tucker and Diane Ty for contributing at the year's end to Generations United's mission! 
There's still time to give! You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.


Thank you Seniors4Kids Members!
Many thanks to our Seniors4Kids network and other child advocates who raised their voices on behalf of investments in children! Thanks to you:
  • Preschool Development Grants were restored to $250 million.
  • Head Start was funded at $9.168 billion, an increase of $570 million from the previous year.
  • Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG) were funded at $2.76 billion, $300 million more than the previous year.

Well done! Let's keep sharing the message-older adults care about investing in the next generation! Sign up for Seniors4Kids now.

White House Conference on Aging Report Released
Generations United was honored to be a part of the 2016 White House Conference on Aging. The final report is now available.
Culture United
  This week we celebrated the 85th birthday of actor Robert Duvall. His film Secondhand Lions is a heartwarming tale of a young man coming into adulthood with the help of his two great-uncles. The film comes highly recommended.

Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.

Cool Ideas
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 .   Learn more about Storied Lives .

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Stop Hunger Grant. Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 125 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. They will offer $400 grants to youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action. 
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016. Learn more

Responsive Grant. The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting request for proposals for efforts that increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Great Resources  
State of Grandfamilies in America: 2015.  In this  second edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report , Generations United identified key state laws and policies specifically designed to address barriers and better support the diverse and unique population of grandparents and other relatives raising children. Learn more

Conceptual Frameworks and Practical Applications to connect Generations in the Technoscape. Matt Kaplan,PhD.Leah Bradley, MSW, and Mariano S├ínchez, PhD, explored this potential through an international survey and found that important strides are being made in utilizing new technology for effectively connecting generations and positively affecting aging adults' lives. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
Citi Community Development commissioned this report by Generations United and CFED , which  highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Disparate Income, Wealth and Opportunity:  Implications for Social Insurance. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 27-28, 2016. Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. March 30 - April 2, 2016. Learn more

As we begin 2016, let's remember Maggie Kuhn's wisdom - "My goal is to do something outrageous every day " 

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