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 Volume 15, Issue 5
February 5, 2020
Our State of the Union
As we look at our State of the Union, Generations United supports a vision for a prosperous and inclusive society. That vision includes safe and secure environments for people at all ages and stages of life to learn and grow together. It includes, resources for diverse families and family structures including those impacted by opioids and other substance use, approaches that engage young and old together in addressing community challenges, and strategies to promote health across the ages such as vaccines. Learn more
In the News
  • Our GRAND Voice Member Norma Hatfield called on Kentucky lawmakers to support kinship care in her Op-Ed that ran in KentuckyToday and the Lexington Herald Leader. Read Norma's piece.
New Video!
The Intergenerational Friends Fair: A Strategy for Deepening a Community's Intergenerational Footprint
This 6-minute video (part of a multimedia curriculum by Kaplan, M; Long, D.; and Pacchioli, L.) draws from footage from the Intergenerational Friends Fair that was held on Jun 1, 2019. The event featured interactive exhibits and events planned by over a dozen local organizations working to expand opportunities for intergenerational living, learning and leading throughout State College, Pennsylvania. Watch the video.
This Friday is the Deadline to Make Your Voice Heard in Washington, D.C.
If you are (or once were) a grandparent or other older relative raising children, or if your organization provides support for those who are, submit your comment to the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Help the Council identify gaps in available resources, unique needs of children affected by opioid misuse, unique needs of members of Native American tribes, and more. Learn how
2019 Programs of Distinction
LinkAGES Colorado
Based in the Metro Denver region, this collaborative initiative is driven by its vision to create opportunities to develop meaningful relationships across generations as a way of preventing and reducing social isolation.  This is happening through collaboration, leveraging resources and building capacity of organizations and individuals to develop and implement intergenerational efforts.

Stay tuned to learn about Motion Picture Television Fund Volunteer Program  next week! See our full list of Programs of Distinction.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Aline Kaprive, who gave in honor of  Angie Valera Ibarra
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 !
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.
Culture United
The Rhythm And Roots of Arthur
On the longtime PBS Kids show Arthur, the family is going on a road trip. Along with Arthur's best friend Buster Baxter, the Read family is heading to visit some more family. It's Arthur's great-uncle Theo's 85th birthday, and there's going to be a party on the family llama farm. In their new special, 'The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur,' the kids learn about their family with a toe-tapping soundtrack along the way! 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.
Tweet of the Week
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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"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." ~Rosa Parks, whose birthday was yesterday; she would've been 107.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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