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 Volume 14, Issue 16
April 17, 2019
What a Week for Generations United!
  • We kicked off our week with our Executive Director Donna Butts and Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig presenting at the American Society on Aging's conference. See highlights from Donna's presentation with Trent Stamp (CEO of The Eisner Foundation), Shannon Jarrott (professor of Social Work at the Ohio State University), and Keith Liederman (CEO at Kingsley House).
  • After the conference, Donna and our friends at NYU Silver School of Social work pitched our GrandDorm project, a finalist in the Stanford Center on Longevity's Design Challenge, at the Design for Generations event. See our highlights. We were also mentioned in Encore.Org's wrap-up.
Generations United in the News
  • Sally Abrahms' article for Considerable featured an intergenerational community that's supporting kids who come out of foster care and their adoptive or foster parents. The story quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the story
  • Thank you to Senator Maggie Hassan and Senator Susan Collins for introducing a bipartisan bill to support grandfamilies affected by substance misuse and other trauma. The release quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Read the full release
  • Our friend Dr. Sandra Bailey was quoted in an NBC Montana story on our GrAND Member Peggy Callantine and her husband who are raising their grandchildren because of the opioid epidemic. Sandra's been studying the trend for the last 18 years. Learn more.
"One of the best things...since parenting the 2nd time"
Generations United's conference provides a chance for grandparent caregivers to be heard, connect with other caregivers, and take part in high-caliber learning opportunities that empower grandparent caregivers to make changes in their communities when they return home.  Our $5,000 fundraising goal for grandfamily scholarships is far from the $4 billion that grandparents and other relatives save taxpayers each year by raising children and keeping them out of foster care. We need your help to reach our grandfamily scholarship goal. Donate today to help support grandfamily caregivers and young people in grandfamilies participation in Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference, from June 12-14, in Portland, OR. Visit our fundraiser.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Julie Tippens who gave in honor of Bill Libro's birthday .
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 !
Earn CEUs at "Bridging the Generations"
Registered attendees of our 2019 conference in Portland are eligible to earn up to 4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from Pennsylvania State University. To request credits, individuals must submit the online CEU Request Form,  along with a $30 administrative fee, by June 28th. Learn more and complete the CEU request form
We're Moving!
Generations United is moving from our E Street NW office to 80 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 on May 1, 2019. Make sure you update your system to reflect our new address. All of our contact information will stay the same.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
The Village Effect
Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience together with gripping human stories, Susan Pinker's The Village Effect explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, from city to Sardinian mountain village, from classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce. Most of us have left the literal village behind, and don't want to give up our new technologies to go back there. But, as Pinker writes so compellingly, we need close social bonds and uninterrupted face-time with our friends and families in order to thrive--even to survive. Creating our own "village effect" can make us happier. It can also save our lives. 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
Join Papa
This app, also known Grandkids On-Demand, connects college students to older adults who need assistance with transportation, house chores, technology lessons, companionship, and other senior services. 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
Grants for Projects in Aging. Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S. RRF offers an opportunity for applicants to submit a brief (1 - 3 pages) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as part of its grantmaking process. LOI Deadline: June 15, 2019. Application Deadline: August 1, 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.
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.  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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"What moves me is the spirit of resurrection, new life, revival. The sacred message of [Holy Week and Passover] is from dying comes rising. So maybe this is going to bring about a great revival. You already see it in the French people." ~Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the Diocese of New York, on the spirit of the Parisians after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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