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 Volume 14, Issue 17
April 24, 2019
We're Moving Next Week!
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.
Join us in June!
There's still time to register for our 20 th Global Intergenerational Conference, co-hosted by Bridge Meadows! Join us June 12-14 in Portland, OR, for the premier gathering for educating, inspiring, and connecting professionals who have the power to build bridges between older and younger people to meet critical community needs. The three-day event will be packed with inspiring speakers, thought-provoking workshops, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences to see award-winning intergenerational programs in action in the Portland region.  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.
Tweet of the Week
Join Casey Family Programs at 2019 National Forum
The  National Family Support Network welcomes Casey Family Programs as a Lead Sponsor and presenter at the National Forum in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2019 . The event is a unique opportunity to learn about and connect with Family Support and Strengthening Networks nationwide. Learn more.
Culture United
Old Town Road by Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" holds onto the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks in a row. The 20-year-old held that position by himself in its first week, but after controversy over Billboard removing the song from the country chart he re-recorded the song with Billy Ray Cyrus, 57, who has joined him at No. 1 for weeks two and three. 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
Harmony Bridge at Arizona State University
Harmony Bridge is a partnership that involves Arizona State University School of Music education, performance and therapy areas; Kyrene Aprende Middle School; and Sunrise Senior Living Community. The program connects students with older adults through music. It's modeled after Dallas Brass, an international brass and percussion ensemble to bring music to people in their own communities. 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  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 !
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
States With High Opioid Prescribing Rates Have Higher Rates of Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren. In the wake of the opioid epidemic that was declared a public health crisis in 2017, there has been increasing concern about what happens to the children of parents with substance abuse disorders who may be unable to care for their children.  New Census Bureau  research shows that grandparents may sometimes step in to care for these children. 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 .

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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"If you go out in the countryside someplace and build a thousand residential units and have them cheap enough, you'll probably fill the place up. But that's not going to make a community. I think having facilities readily available for people of all kinds, from little kids to the elderly - that's the most important thing of all." ~Robert Simon, founder of Reston, VA, a Generations United Best Intergenerational Community

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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