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 Volume 15, Issue 2
January 15, 2020
In the News
  • Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon announced in a press release that she and Rep. Glenn Thompson introduced the Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act, which would help kinship caregivers raising children exposed to substance abuse and trauma. The release mentions Generations UnitedLearn more.
  • The Post Bulletin ran an article from The Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline news outlet on foster care adoptions reaching a record high. The article quotes our long-time Special Advisor Ana Beltran as well as our friend Mary Boo, executive director of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Read the article.
Meet Our 2019 Programs of Distinction!
Congratulations to our six new designees! Those 
programs are:  Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative  (Gaithersburg, MD),  Lakeshore Family Center Intergenerational Project  (Irving, NY),  LinkAGES Colorado  (Pine, CO),  Motion Picture Television Fund Volunteer Program  (Woodland Hills, CA),  Second Acts Grandparent Volunteer Program  (Milwaukee, WI), and  SMART Reading (Portland, OR). The Program of Distinction designation is the only U.S. "seal of approval" for intergenerational programs. Learn more about our designees
Grant News
  • Generations United was awarded $400,000 over two years to continue our multi-year partnership with The Eisner Foundation, combining research and advocacy around intergenerational shared sites. Building from the foundation we developed over the past three years, we will develop a user-friendly tool to ease the development of new shared sites around the country. Additionally, we will tap into our extensive network of shared sites to facilitate peer learning around the country, and we will continue our efforts to educate policymakers about shared site programs.
New Report: #Gen2Gen Cities
City and county leaders across the country are increasing volunteerism, making better use of public spaces, strengthening communities, saving money, and improving outcomes for residents of all ages. How? By leveraging the assets of residents and connecting the generations. This new #Gen2Gen report from (which sites our Executive Director Donna Butts and our Senior Fellows Nancy Henkin and Irv Katz) highlights intergenerational strategies, plus tools and tips to create your own. Learn more
Policy Updates
In a flurry of end of the year activity, Congress introduced new legislation such as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Grandfamily Housing Act. They also passed funding for several programs and supports to help grandfamilies. Learn more.
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.
Cool Ideas
Generation Tech
This intergenerational program was created by high school students in the Denver area who are acting as a volunteer "geek squad" for older adults living in senior centers and independent living 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.
Culture United
The Lion King (2019 film)
This remake of 1994's film of the same name tells the story of Simba's destiny to rule the Pride Lands like his father, Mufasa. When his jealous Uncle Scar tricks him and Simba is blamed for what happens to Mufasa, he runs away and befriends two fellow outcasts-a meerkat and warthog-who rescue him in a desert, where he grows up. He reunites with his childhood friend, Nala, who urges him to return home. Simba refuses until he encounters his mentor Rafiki (the kingdom's shaman, advisor, and Simba's elder) who convinces the lion to take his kingdom back from his uncle. 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.
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 !
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge. A collaboration presented by Enterprise Community Partners with generous financial support from Wells Fargo, this  competitive application process gives innovators an opportunity to receive a grant to further scalable housing affordability solutions that specifically address up to two of the challenge's three focus areas: housing construction, housing financing, and resident services and support. Deadline: Feb. 19, 2020. Learn more

Grants to Stop Hunger. Youth Service America and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Grants up to $1,200 are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action. Deadline: Feb. 16, 2020. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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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"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, whose birthday is today. He would've been 91.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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