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 Volume 14, Issue 36
Sept. 4, 2019
Grandparents Day is Four Days Away! 
This year's theme is " Dig In! Bringing generations to the table. " Leading up to Grandparents Day (this Sunday!), Generations United and our national partners are sharing resources, ideas and information around health and nutrition. Follow #DoSomethingGrand on Facebook and Twitter. If you're not on social media, you can stay connected to our campaign by checking out our Grandparents Day Resources and Activities
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Generations United in the News
  • In a recent blog post, the Administration for Community Living's Administrator Lance Robertson highlighted the Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren! Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent co-chairs this Council that includes five of our GrAND Voice Members. Learn more
  • In his piece for MomsRising's blog, Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King highlights how people across the country will celebrate Grandparents Day. He also urges everyone to commit to Do Something Grand. Learn more.
Episode 6 of our Podcast is Live!
Our Senior Fellow Dr. Nancy Henkin discusses bringing generations to the table to create successful intergenerational programs. She also talks about being a grandmother and more! Listen to the episode
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing members -- Bethlehem Intergenerational CenterBridges Together, and Northland Foundation -- for their contributions. We also thank K eith L owhorne for his donation.  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 !
Support Generations United While Having Fun!
This year, we partnered with  Culver's in Illinois  for Grandparents Day. If you're in or near Chicago, stop in, treat a "grand," snap a photo with them, then post it on Instagram  at 
GrandparentsDayCulversWay . Culver's will donate $1 to Generations United for every photo posted to the hashtag. Participating locations only. Learn more
An Opportunity to Work for an Intergenerational Arts Program in Ohio!
Opening Minds through Art , an intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia based at Miami University in Ohio, is hiring an Associate Director to help develop and implement the OMA programs. This position also includes developing  partnerships between medical/allied health universities and nearby nursing homes, maintaining ongoing communication with all stakeholders, and training new OMA facilitators.  Master's Degree is required. See the full job description
New Grandparent Survey Coming Soon!
Did you know that one in five kids under the age of five are cared for at home by their grandparents? Our friends at ZERO TO THREE are launching a new grandparent survey this month, with tips on how you can get the most out of your own child care. They found that 94 percent said they love caring for their grandchildren. Learn more.
Generations United Office Warming - You're Invited!
For the last three months, we've been getting cozy at our new location. Now that we're settled, we'd love to show you our new space! If you're in or near Washington, DC, on Sept. 17, we'd love for you to attend our office warming. Register now.
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
Deadline Extended to Sept. 27!
Think your intergenerational program has what it takes to be among an elite group that's effectively connecting generations? Then we want to hear from you. Every year, we recognize outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed by national intergenerational experts and launched in 2010, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program.  The deadline to apply is Sept. 27, 2019.   Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves
When Jason DeParle moved into the Manila slums with Tita Comodas and her family three decades ago, he never imagined his reporting on them would span three generations and turn into the defining chronicle of a new age--the age of global migration. DeParle paints an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family as they endure years of sacrifice and separation, willing themselves out of shantytown poverty into a new global middle class. 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.
Cool Ideas
Weave: The Social Fabric Project
This cultural movement, launched by The Aspen Institute in the spring of 2018, starts with the idea that social fragmentation is the central problem of our time -- isolation, alienation and division. The Weaver movement -- which involves young and old -- is about repairing our country's social fabric, which is badly frayed by distrust, division and exclusion. People are quietly working across America to end loneliness and isolation and weave inclusive communities. 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.
The Call for Presentations Now Open for the International Short Break Conference!
The 2020 conference -- themed Moving Respite Forward -- will be held in Madison, WI, on June 16-19, 2020. The International Short Break Association (ISBA) and its cohosts, the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin invite you to submit a proposal for breakout sessions on any aspect of planned or emergency respite service delivery, streamlined access, research, evaluation, policy, best practices or innovation. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019. Learn more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
2019 Grants. The Tomberg Family Philanthropies consists of two separate charitable funds: the Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund and the Philip and the Helen Brecher Charitable Fund. Grants -- ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 -- are provided to nonprofit organizations and certain government entities, such as public schools and universities, based in the United States for projects that address the environment, poverty alleviation, health, and education. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: Sept. 9, 2019. Learn more

Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities, or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. Deadline: Sept. 16, 2019. Learn more

Grants for Innovative Projects to Enhance the Lives of Young Children.  The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age.  Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019. Learn more .

Senior Corps RSVP Grants. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) intends to fund Senior Corps RSVP grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures in disaster, education, economic opportunity, environment, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Notice of Intent due by Aug. 30, 2019. Applications due by Sept. 25, 2019. Learn more
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Conversations with Grantmakers in Aging.  The presenters -- our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin , Taryn Patterson with Sequoia Living, and Mary O'Donnell from The Retirement Research Foundation -- will highlight findings from their report, Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice. They will also share effective strategies outlined in the accompanying toolkit  and discuss efforts by national housing providers to deepen and broaden their intergenerational work. Oct. 3 at 2pm ET. Learn more .

Research and Resources
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 .

GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use.   This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent.  Learn more .

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.
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.

Capitol Hill Release of "The Best of Both Worlds." Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. Sept. 25, 2019. Learn more.

"Family, the Face of Humanity." International Federation of Family Development. London UK. Oct. 18-20, 2019. Learn more
  • Catch our Executive Director Donna Butts's roundtable presentation on Oct. 19. Learn more.
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"Grandma had a garden in the backyard./She always had a way with things that grow./She'd be out there early in the springtime./Just as soon as she was sure it wouldn't snow./She'd say 'I love to watch the seeds I planted/Grow up into what they oughta be.' Oh, I thought she was talkin' about tomatoes./She was talkin' about her family." ~from the song, Grandma's Love Is What Made Grandma's Garden Grow (learn more)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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