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from Generations United

Featured Articles
 Volume 14, Issue 18
May 1, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • Considerable highlighted five methods to combat social isolation. The article quotes our Special Projects Director  Sheri Steinig . Read the story .
     
  • TheFix.com reported on the new bipartisan bill, "Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act," which Generations United endorses. The story also cited Generations United. Learn more.
We're Moving Today!
Generations United is moving from our E Street NW office to 80 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Make sure you update your system to reflect our new address. All of our contact information will stay the same. We may be slow to respond to emails for a few days while we get settled. Thank you for your patience.
Less than 50 Conference Spots Remaining
We are nearing capacity for our upcoming conference, so register today! Join us in Portland, OR from June 12-14 for our 20th Global Intergenerational Conference, co-hosted by Bridge Meadows, 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
Culture United
Fast Color
Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken  relationships with her mother and daughter and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along. 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
Meadows Park Community Center Food Program
After receiving a $31,000 grant, Meadows Park Community Center -- in Colorado Springs, CO -- will enhance its summer feeding programs for both youth and seniors. In addition to receiving free food, youth will work with seniors and learn how to make healthy meals. 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 to Increase Youth Participation in Your Community on Days of Service.  For the 2019-2020 program, Youth Service America (YSA) is offering grants of up to $9,000 funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, depending on the number of youth volunteers engaged on two or three days of service. YSA collaborates with Lead Agecies to ask all young people to get involved. Deadline: June 14, 2019. Learn more.

National Volunteer Care Corps.   The Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) is making this competitive grant opportunity available to eligible entities for the purpose of testing and supporting models of local programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist family caregivers and/or assists older adults and individuals with disabilities in maintaining independence by providing non-medical care.  Deadline: June 21, 2019.   Learn more .

Let's Play Dream Playground Contest. Through its "Let's Play initiative," Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has partnered with KaBOOM! to help provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Together, they're awarding five (5) $20,000 playground equipment grants to communities through the Let's Play Dream Playground Contest to get more kids playing. Deadline: May 10, 2019. Learn more.

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.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to  aking@gu.org .
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.
Events
20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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Quote
"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her." ~Urie Bronfenbrenner, the late Russian-born psychologist; his birthday was on Monday.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
  
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