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 Volume 14, Issue 11
March 13, 2019
Watch Live! Donna testifying at House hearing today at 2 p.m. EST
Our Executive Director Donna Butts will explain at a House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing why Social Security is one of the most important intergenerational family support and social insurance programs in the country. The hearing, " Protecting and Improving Social Security: Benefits Enhancements," will be available to watch live
Help Grandfamilies Attend the Generations United Conference
Generations United set up a Facebook fundraiser to help six grandfamily caregivers and young people raised in grandfamilies travel to and participate in Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference from June 12-14 in Portland, OR. Learn more and donate
Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU!
Please take 5 minutes to answer the question of the month:  "What's needed to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for the children they are raising?" Submit by March 28th for a chance to win $50! Learn more and share your story
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new members, FRIEDA for generations and Pittston Memorial Library, 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 !
Reserve Ad Space in Conference Program Book
Have a message to share with our conference attendees? Reserve a space in our program book! Some ways attendees make the most of ad space include:
  • Promoting new resources, publications, services, or events
  • Spotlighting workshops, symposia, poster sessions, roundtables
  • Paying tribute to influential leaders in the field
  • Celebrating recent milestones, partnerships, and more!
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
The Making Of A Modern Elder
Second Act Stories is a podcast sharing stories of people who have made major career changes to pursue more rewarding lives in a second act. In the episode, "The Making Of A Modern Elder," Andy Levine interviewed Chip Conley, who's speaking out Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference. Chip,  a legend in the hospitality industry, talked about his time at Airbnb, where he learned from and mentored hundreds of millennials, including Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky. Listen the episode.

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.
Cool Ideas
Cycling Without Age
Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow. Ole wanted to help older adults get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents. The program has since spread to all corners of Denmark. In 2015, it launched in another 40 countries. 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
Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 12, 2019. Learn more.

Free BRIDGES Training. Teachers, librarians, staff from senior centers, senior housing and human service agencies and others are invited to apply for a grant to receive free training on the award-winning BRIDGES Intergenerational Program Curriculum so that they can implement BRIDGES in their own communities during the Spring, 2019.  Bridges Together will be awarding eight (8) communities with a BRIDGES program of their choice. Deadline: March 15, 2019. Learn more.

2019 Policy Innovations Challenge.  The National Academy of Social Insurance, in collaboration with AARP, have grants between $20,000 and $25,000 for three to five applicants with winning proposals that address the income  adequacy needs of older workers who must claim Social Security retirement benefits before their full retirement age due to poor health, an inability to continue to perform physically demanding jobs, or other factors. Deadline: March 29, 2019. Learn more.

Literacy Grants. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states through the Youth Literacy Grants. Deadline: May 16, 2019. Learn more.

Request for Proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation, one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality, community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: May 1, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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 .

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs. This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive, a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.

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 .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

Illuminate Respite! ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, and the New York State Office for the Aging. Buffalo, NY. April 30-May 2, 2019. Early bird rates available only until March 15, 2019. Register today! See the Conference Program and get more information on the Conference Website.

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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"In these challenging times, we can't afford to pit generations against each other or compete for scarce resources." ~Generations United Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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