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 Volume 15, Issue 6
February 12, 2020
Generations United Receives Two-year Grant to Expand Work in Michigan
Generations United received a two-year grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to expand intergenerational initiatives in Michigan designed to decrease social isolation among older adults while increasing interest among young people in health professions in aging. A key element of the work is to build an intergenerational network in the state. We are grateful to the Health Fund for their support to grow high quality intergenerational practices. Learn more
In the News
  • In their piece, "Healthier Together," our Executive Director Donna Butts and Sister Edna Lonergan, founder and president of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, explain the value of a lifespan approach when it comes to vaccines for children, youth and older adults. Their article also highlights our new infographic. Learn more.
  • The Chronicle of Social Change spread the word about the deadline last week to provide comment on kinship care to the Federal Advisory Council on the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act. The article quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Learn more.
  • Our Policy and Program Coordinator Diane Roznowski and her mother, Joanne Clough (a Generations United GRAND Voice Member), were interviewed for the podcast Last Day on the opioid crisis and its impact on grandfamilies. When Diane lost her sister Emily to an opioid overdose, Joanne stepped up to raise Emily's daughter, making them a grandfamily. You can listen to their podcast episode here.
Mark Meridy, executive director of DOROT
Episode 12 is Live!
For over 40 years,  DOROT has been an innovative leader in designing programs that enhance the lives of older adults by helping them build social connections with peers and other generations. In this episode of The Generations United Podcast, DOROT's Executive Director  Mark Meridy 
discusses  the organization's history and shares inspirational stories of generations connecting through their work.  Listen to the episode
2019 Programs of Distinction
Motion Picture Television Fund Volunteer Program
Located in Southern California, the Motion Picture Television Fund Volunteer Program is embedded in the very heart of their mission to support the entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need. From their junior volunteers starting at age 14 to their oldest at age 96, volunteers and retirees form meaningful connections that can enhance the quality of life and sense of well-being of both their retirees and the volunteers. Through these shared volunteer experiences, generations come together and find purpose, learn from one another, and meet the needs for companionship, assistance, and fulfill the promise of social engagement and connection.

Stay tuned to learn about Second Acts Grandparent Volunteer Program   next week! See our full list of Programs of Distinction.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, ONEgeneration, and new member,  The Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, for their contributions. We also thank  Christian Garcia who gave in honor of Lucila Garcia 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 !
Applications Open for Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services
Generations United, a proud member of the ARCH Respite Advisory Committee, is happy to announce that the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is seeking exemplary and innovative respite services from across the nation. Here's your chance to nominate your service and be recognized as a model for replication and highlighted on the ARCH website and in ARCH publications. Deadline extended to March 1, 2020. Learn more.  
Culture United
Krak Teet: A Catalog of Black Savannah's Biographies
When the author Trelani Michelle, a SCAD graduate, set out to record case studies and stories of black elders in Savannah, she wanted to help them reconstruct the past and shed light on their truths. "Krak Teet" is a Gullah Geechee phrase meaning "to speak." the first-hand accounts in this book are transcribed directly from the grandchildren of the enslaved who laid the city's treasured cobblestone roads and introduced its famous red rice and deviled crabs. 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.
Webinar: Adoption vs. Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Making Informed Decisions 
Join Generations United on Thurs., Feb. 27, at 3 PM EST for this webinar, supported by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Participants will learn about adoption and guardianship, how they differ and how trends in state laws impact these options. Learn more and register today.
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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
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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"What I love, more than anything else, is watching grandparents share their stories with their grandchildren. It really has become this source of intergenerational learning." ~Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian, on the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
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