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 Volume 14, Issue 37
Sept. 11, 2019
Remembering 9/11
September 11, 2001 is a date our country will remember forever. Although it was a day that began in horror, it was also a transformative time that brought members of every generation together. We gathered as one to mourn and to honor those who lost their lives, those who survived, and those who bravely rose up in service in response to the crisis. Generations United believes that intergenerational service and volunteerism can strengthen community cohesion and enable us to tackle some of the most pressing issues challenging this country.  Read more
Register Today for the Capitol Hill Release of The Best of Both Worlds on Sept. 25!

Intergenerational shared sites make common sense. Using spaces and places to connect generations reduces social isolation, creates livable communities and positively impacts people's lives.  Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation   to  learn how public policies, including the Older Americans Act, can encourage spaces and places for all ages. Enjoy food and beverages while hearing report highlights and stories from shared site programs.  Register today .
Generations United in the News
  • In a recent blog post for Grandparents Day, Greg Link, director of the Office of Supportive Caregiver Services at the Administration for Community Living, recalled his meeting with the Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent co-chairs the Council, which includes five of our GrAND members. Greg also cited Learn more
  • The latest issue of GRAND Magazine includes a brief history of Generations United and a salute to our Executive Director Donna Butts! Check it out.
  • Our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig highlighted our recent report with The Eisner Foundation in her guest post on the National League of Cities Blog. Read Sheri's piece. 
  • The New Brunswick Post Gazette gave a brief history of Grandparents Day and shouted out Generations United. Learn more.  
  • The Bradford Era announced a Grandparents Day celebration at a nursing home in Bradford, PA. The story calls out Generations United. Learn more
We Did Something Grand!
Thanks to our Grand Partners and friends, Grandparents Week was a success. Leading up to Grandparents Day, 370 users pushed out 713 posts that reached nearly 844,000 social media accounts. The #DoSomethingGrand generated an impression of nearly 2.4 million
Other signs that awareness of the holiday is building includes an article from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and an annual report from the U.S. Census BureauGenerations United encourages our partners and friends to continue to Do Something Grand for Intergenerational Month. If you're in or near Newton, MA, on Fri., Sept. 20 , sign up for The Intergenerational Symposium . Learn more .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, Link Generations, for their contribution.  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: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use
Join Generations United on Tues., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. ET, to hear directly from members of grandfamilies who will share their challenges and strengths. The webinar will also explore the latest statistics, resources for grandfamilies and those who directly serve them, and policy and program solutions. Register today.
Generations United Office Warming is Next Week!
If you're in or near Washington, DC, on Sept. 17, we'd love for you to attend our office warming.  Register now to learn about Generations United and our work. Meet the staff and board of directors and take a tour of our small but mighty World Headquarters.
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
Bel-Air by Morgan Cooper
This upcoming film is a gritty reimagining of the hit 90's sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which highlights the importance of kinship care. In the sitcom, fictional Will's mom sends him to live with his wealth Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air, an attempt to get Will away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood. Where the original show is comical, Bel-Air is intense. Will's character does what he has to do to survive and his cousin, Carlton, is a jerk. Will Smith, 50, called the young filmmaker's reimaging "brilliant." 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
Intergenerational Playgroups
Ageless playgroups are being rolled out across the country as part of a social experiment connecting young children with aged care residents. The intergenerational playgroups have increased in popularity after the hit British series Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds aired. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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.
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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