Volume 18 | Issue 13 | March 29, 2023

Generations This Week

News for Advocates of Children, Youth, and Older Adults from Generations United

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Generations United in the News

Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts, Board Member Mark Meridy, who is also the Executive Director of Generations United partner DOROT, along with terrific colleagues from DOROT Judith Turner and Ali Hodin Baier had a great intergenerational session earlier this week at the American Society on Aging 2023 On Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Donna, Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent, and Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network Director Ana Beltran enjoyed their site visit with Lenora Walker, Care Consultant for Presbyterian Senior Services' Kinship Caregiver Services, at Grandparent Family Apartments in the Bronx, NY.

Global Conference Updates - Register Today!

Register for Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference, taking place July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, DC! Register today!

A limited number of discounted rooms remain at the conference hotel, the Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf (480 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20024, USA). The rate for conference attendees is $246 per night (plus applicable taxes). Please book your hotel room early using this booking link or call the hotel at

+1 202-484-1000.

Thank you to The Eisner Foundation, our premier sponsor of the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference.

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Generations United is hiring a Project Assistant. If you're looking to join a supportive and inclusive work environment doing important intergenerational work, apply today!

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 Intergenerational Housing Learning Network Webinar

Join us Thursday, April 20th from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. ET for a webinar with Generations United’s Intergenerational Housing Learning Network. Jennifer Molinsky, Project Director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Housing an Aging Society Program, will discuss “Bridging Health, Housing, and Generations: What the United States Might Learn from Germany’s Intentional Multigenerational Housing Demonstrations,“ a forthcoming HUD-funded report about the German program co-authored by Molinsky, Anne-Marie Brady, and Bailey Hu.

Please RSVP at gu@gu.org. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register.

Next Shared Site Learning Network Meeting - Expanding Our Vision: New Shared Site Models

Join us for the next Shared Site Learning Network Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, to learn about two exciting models that intentionally bring young people and older adults together in shared spaces. Presenters from Sunnyside Community Services, a community center in Queens, NY, and Vincentian Collaborative System, a multi-generational living community in Pittsburgh, PA, will share their visions, successes, challenges, and lessons learned as they continue to develop their shared sites. Register today. 

Also, please sign up to receive our new quarterly intergenerational shared site alert - coming soon!

Meet Generations United's Board Members

We conclude the introductions to the phenomenal members of our Board with Pam Smith. We are grateful for her (and all members’) commitment and service.

Pamela B. Smith

Executive Director


Learn more about our Board Officers and Board Members here.

Program Spotlight - Adopt-A-Senior Program

The Catholic Charities’ Adopt-A-Senior Program (AASP) addresses loneliness, social isolation, and food insecurity among the senior population in Bexar County. AASP, a Generations United Program of Distinction, connects volunteers with isolated and at-risk older adults in order to improve their quality of life. In an effort to better serve older people throughout the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, volunteers conduct two initial phone surveys in order to assess an individual’s support systems and food security levels. This process has allowed them to develop a Senior Vulnerability Analysis Map that will enable the AASP staff and other agencies to more effectively provide services to vulnerable seniors throughout the county. Volunteers provide direct assistance through companionship, transportation, food and care package deliveries (for those assessed as food insecure), as well as providing education and connecting seniors with the resources to address their respective needs. Learn more about the Adopt-A-Senior Program here.

Photo courtesy of Adopt-A-Senior Program

Each week, Generations United is spotlighting a recipient of our Intergenerational Program Certification. The certification is an annual recognition of outstanding programs bringing older and younger participants together and is based on rigorous standards of program effectiveness and sustainability. Learn more about the Intergenerational Program Certification here.

New Resource: Preparing Kinship/Grandfamilies to Respond to Medicaid and CHIP Changes

All government and nonprofit professionals who interact with kinship/grandfamilies can help spread the word about upcoming eligibility reviews for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. This resource aims to provide information to professionals so that they can better support the families and help them maintain their health insurance coverage. Read/download the resource. 

Accepting Technical Assistance Requests

As always, the Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems or organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. Fill out the TA request form to receive support from our team. Learn more and sign up to access our resources!

The Network is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,950,000 with 95 percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $523,684 and 5 percentage funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters

Thank you for the contributions from Kevin Brabazon in honor of Essie Davis, a community hero, and Barbara Hanson in honor of Marilyn Hanson and all the socially isolated human beings.

Thank you to our members and supporters! Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!

Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Riley's Way Foundation's Call for Kindness empowers young leaders throughout the U.S. to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change. In 2023, Riley's Way will award up to $3,000 to as many as 36 youth-led projects rooted in the values of kindness, empathy, youth leadership, and inclusive community that tackle anything from equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in a school or community. At least ten of the selected projects will be specifically focused on environmental justice. Winners will also participate in a leadership development fellowship. Youth ages 13 to 22 that are living in the United States are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is April 2, 2023. Learn more.

Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is funding research on supportive family policies and programs that have strong potential to impact equitable access to nutritious food in communities, nutrition security, diet quality, and improved nutrition and health outcomes. Apply by April 5, 2023. Learn more.

J.M. Kaplan Fund: J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative, early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. In 2023, up to ten Prizes will be awarded, each including unrestricted funding of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, accessing tools and a community of support to help turn their innovative ideas into life-changing social impacts. The first-round application deadline is April 28, 2023. Learn more.

NEW: Administration for Community Living Lifespan Respite Care Program: State Program Enhancement Grants. Applicants to this funding opportunity will propose approaches grounded in the principles and actions of the strategy to make advancements in and strengthen their Lifespan Respite Care systems. Grantees will be expected to build on previous efforts to improve equitable access, consistency, quality, and sustainability and reduce duplication in respite service delivery. Additionally, grantees will be expected to provide respite services, continue building collaborations and partnerships across the state, expand options for volunteers, ensure adequate respite provider training is offered, identify gaps in current services and conduct outreach to reduce those gaps, and continue to, or increase, efforts to target underserved populations across the lifespan. Due date for applications: Monday, May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.

NEW: Administration for Community Living Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States and States Re-Establishing Their Core Respite Infrastructures. Applicants to this funding opportunity will propose approaches to, at a minimum, establish or re-establish state and local coordinated Lifespan Respite Care systems to serve family caregivers regardless of the age, disability, or chronic condition of the care recipient. Applicants will also be expected to propose how they will develop or expand new and emergency respite services and provide such services; train and recruit respite workers, including volunteers; and assist caregivers in gaining access to respite care services that meet the needs of both the caregiver and care recipient. Due date for applications: Monday, May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.

The Brookdale Foundation Group Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. A seed grant of $30,000 ($20,000 in year one and $10,000 tier two, contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future) is available to non-profit organizations across the United States. On-going technical assistance will be provided. Proposals are due on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.

Think Intergenerational - Great Resources

Journal of Intergenerational Relationships Call for Papers for Memorial Issue Honoring Founding Editor Dr. Sally Newman’s Contributions to the Intergenerational Field: Dr. Sally Newman was a guiding force for founding the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships in 2003, serving as its first editor until June 2014. Despite her death in 2022, Dr. Newman’s legacy lives on. In honor of Dr. Newman’s leadership in intergenerational program research, the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships invites scholarly contributions for a special issue focused on contemporary intergenerational research that builds on her foundational work, which can be seen today in different programmatic settings and countries. This special memorial issue will be published in 2024. Submissions must be received by May 31, 2023. Read the full special issue announcement here. Contact Shannon Jarrott with questions.

"Intergenerational Community Planning" Report: Generations United Senior Fellow Irv Katz and Generations United friend and Penn State professor Matt Kaplan, PhD, collaborated on a "guide" to intergenerational community planning published by the American Planning Association (APA). The intergenerational planning guide follows related APA reports on multigenerational planning and planning for all ages. The document suggests that the well-being of children, youth, and older adults--and how they relate with one another--should be integrated into regular city planning processes, such as the comprehensive planning that most cities and towns undertake. "Intergenerational Community Planning" is available for free to members of the American Planning Association and $25 for non-members.

Generations United Resources

2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies, includes the latest findings on grandfamilies facing high rates of hunger and food insecurity, as well as policy recommendations to help feed grandfamilies. Read the report to explore the data and learn why we need to change current policies to ensure access to adequate nutritious food for grandfamilies.

Grandfamily Caregiver Tip Sheets on Self-Care and Youth Mental Health are now available in Spanish. These tip sheets were developed with support from our partner, Humana. Learn more.

Updated Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit, which was created in 2019 by Dr. Shannon Jarrott with support from The Eisner Foundation, includes over 20 reliable and valid outcome measures that have been used in the evaluation of intergenerational programs. Learn more.

Racial Equity Toolkits are designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, so they can better serve all grandfamilies. Generations United has produced a toolkit for American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies, African-American grandfamilies, and Latino grandfamilies. Learn more.

Racial Equity Tipsheets Now Available. With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Generations United is pleased to share a new series of tip sheets to accompany our racial equity toolkits. These tools are designed to help professionals serving grandfamilies to provide culturally appropriate services. Learn more.

Sharing Our Space: A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites is designed for individuals and organizations interested in creating an intergenerational shared site or enhancing services at their current site. Divided into 10 sections, the toolkit details every step of the development and operation process, from initial planning to sustaining long-term shared site programs. Learn more.

Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs provides rationale and facts to help make the case for intergenerational programs. It is based on a comprehensive review of the literature on intergenerational programs and highlights evidence-based findings on how intergenerational programs benefit everyone. There is also an accompanying fact sheet available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages is an infographic that illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids - they protect all generations, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia, and whooping cough is important to protect both older adults and children. Learn more.

"I think it is important that the different generations learn from each other, form new friendships, and these meetings give everyone a sense of purpose."

Shannon Vaughan, English Teacher of 34 years, whose classes participate in an intergenerational poetry writing session through the City of Manhattan Beach's Parks and Recreation Department's Older Adults Poetry Circle program.

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