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 Volume 14, Issue 3
January 16, 2019
Generations United at the 2019 Aging in America Conference
Are you attending the Aging in America Conference in New Orleans, April 15-18? Don't miss Donna's sessions on shared sites, protecting family care, intergenerational programs, and grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis. Learn more.
Generations United in the News
  • Second Wave Michigan highlighted our partnership with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, which is funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts and Senior Fellow Bruce Astrein. Learn more.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune did a story on the opioid epidemic impacting grandfamilies and cited a Generations United report. Read the article.
Nominations Now Open for Generations United Awards
Generations United is now accepting nominations for multiple awards to be presented during the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference, June 12-14, 2019, in Portland, OR! Consider nominating an individual, team, organization, or community group for their outstanding contributions to the fields of intergenerational work and grandfamilies. The deadline for award submission is February 22, 2019. Learn more about the awards and submit your nomination.    
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank Donna Butts (who gave in memory of Sue's Dad and in honor of Bill Libro's retirement). We also thank our renewing members, Aging Dynamics and County of San Diego, for their support . 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 !
New Resource on Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care
Generations United's brief, funded by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, provides general information on adoption and guardianship ship laws developed at the state and tribal levels, how they differ, and trends in state law as they impact these options. Learn more.
Cool Ideas
New construction a win for staff, children and older adults
Construction of a $1.8 million day care is set to begin in March at the GreenFields Continuing Care Community in Lancaster, NY, where workers will be able to enroll their children at lower rates than they would have to pay elsewhere. The day care center would provide the chance for children and elders to interact while also making GreenFields more competitive in attracting workers amid a tight job market. 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.
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Culture United
Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora
Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's* delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself? Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community. Learn more
* "Omu" is pronounced "AH-moo," which means "queen" in the Igbo language, but growing up, the author used it to mean "Grandma."

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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
Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. This report highlights grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The challenges they face include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children's needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies. Learn more.

Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more.

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday was yesterday; he would've been 90 (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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