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 Volume 10, Issue 48
December 2, 2015
Generations United in the News
  • Yesterday, The Diane Rehm Show took a closer look at grandparent caregivers. The segment's panelist included nationally-syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary, our Donna Butts, and Molene Martin, president of the Grandfamilies Parent Teacher Student Association in Baltimore and Linda Waite, professor in urban sociology at University of Chicago. Listen to the recording
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Jan. 15   
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.   Learn more, then download the application.
Last Day to Register for our State of Grandfamilies in America Report Release and Briefing!
Join us tomorrow, Dec. 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., for a reception, where we'll honor Sen. Ron Wyden and nationally-syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary. Sen. Wyden will receive our 2015 Grandfamilies Champion Award and Michelle will receive our 2015 Media Award. Join us again on  Fri., Dec. 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.,  for a briefing on highlights from our second annual State of Grandfamilies in America report. RSVP for the reception | RSVP for the briefing.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board members, Pam Smith and Larry Minnix; our renewing members, National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors and RiverSpring Health featuring the Hebrew Home at Riverdale; our new member, Methodist Children's Home; along with Ana Beltran and Eula Ossofsky for their contributions. We also thank Matz, Blancato & Associates for supporting our State of Grandfamilies report.  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.
Will You Rally4Babies One More Time? 
Get ready to #Rally4babies. Join the ZERO TO THREE  #Rally4Babies 
Twitterstorm, on Thur., Dec. 3, from 3-4:30pm ET/Noon Pacific Time. Ask the Presidential candidates from both parties the questions working families with young children want answers to. Learn more, then join tomorrow's Twitterstorm .
GrandFamilies Call for Papers
The editors of GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy are planning a special issue to highlight grandparent caregiving from an international perspective. Paper topics may focus on the interpretation, application and evaluation of research and practice methods involving grandparent caregivers and/or their grandchildren. Learn more
Thanks,  Nancy Talbot, for this suggestion!

Culture United
The Way Home
" Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings. Disrespectful and selfish, Sang-woo lashes out in anger, perceiving that he has been abandoned. He trades his grandmother's only treasure for a video game; he throws his food and he throws tantrums. When Sang-woo's mother finds work and finally returns for him, Sang-woo has become a different boy. Through his grandmother's boundless patience and devotion, he learns to embrace empathy, humility and the importance of family. " -Rotten Tomatoes

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
JCA Heyman Interages Center - Intergenerational Bridges
This week's cool ideas is  JCA Heyman Interages Center - Intergenerational Bridges  in Maryland that builds relationships between older adult volunteers and at-risk immigrant students through a weekly after school mentoring program in elementary, middle and high schools. 

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 JCA Heyman Interages Center - Intergenerational Bridges .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Charles Bronfman Prize. The Charles Bronfman Prize awards $100,000 grant to an individual or team under the age of fifty who self identifies as Jewish and whose humanitarian work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.  Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015. Learn more

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches that address environmental challenges.  Deadline: Dec. 8, 2015.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Giving in Retirement: America's Longevity Bonus. This report by Merrill Lynch found that charitable giving from the aging population is estimated to increase to $6.6 trillion over the next two decades, and is projected to generate 58 billion volunteer hours due to the retirement of the boomer generation. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
This report by Generations United and CFED , supported by Citi , highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Report Release
2015 State of Grandfamilies Report Release and Reception. Generations United. Washington, DC. Dec. 3, 2015. Learn more and register today!

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
"If you keep your eyes and your heart open, there is a gift waiting for you at the corner of every street." ~Peter Turnley

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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