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 Volume 8, Issue 5
January 30, 2013
Generations United Speaks Out on Gun Violence in Huffington Post
Last Wednesday, Jan. 24, the Huffington Post published an opinion piece calling for intergerational action against gun violence. "Grand Action, Not Just Chatter" was co-authored by Drs. Mary Catherine Bateson and Joan Lombardi, the two National Co-Chairs of Generations United's Seniors4Kids, and Generations United's Executive Director Donna Butts.
It's Award Season at Generations United

Hollywood isn't the only place kicking off its award season. Generations United is seeking nominations for outstanding organizations and individuals that make significant contributions towards intergenerational communities. Generations United will present the awards at banquet during the 17th International Conference in Washington, D.C. on August 1, 2013. (Honorees must be present to accept their awards.)


Generations United's 2013 award categories include: Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research, Grandfamilies, Intergenerational Innovation, Leadership Award for Outstanding Support (Funders), Outstanding Youth Volunteer, Outstanding Older Adult Volunteer, and Shared Sites. Deadline to submit a nomination: March 30, 2013. Learn more. Contact Leah at  with questions or to request a different format for the application.   

Webinar on  Legal Aspects of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The American Bar Association is co-sponsoring a 90-minute webinar, Advising Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Grandfamilies face a myriad of legal issues ranging from how to establish a legal relationship with the child to how to access education, health care, and other benefits for the child. This webinar will provide an overview of the different legal relationship options available to a family with a child being raised by grandparents or other relatives. Ana Beltran, an attorney with Generations United is a featured speaker. Thurs., Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:00pm. Learn more.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Archived Webcast Available
The archived version of the Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families recent webcast, "Second Generation" Parenting: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is now available. The webcast discusses reasons why grandparents become primary caregivers for their grandchildren, the joys and challenges associated with raising grandchildren, and what support services currently are in place to assist "grandfamilies" emotionally, financially and legally. Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, was a featured speaker. You an access the official archived webcast.
How Do YOU Use Technology to Forge Intergenerational Connections? 
Do you have fun and interesting ways you use technology to connect generations -- maybe digital photography, Wii bowling, or Skype? If so, Generations United and Penn State University encourage you to take a quick survey. We'll use the information we collect to create a comprehensive guidebook and an online database of technology-focused intergenerational programs. Please complete the survey by Feb. 15.   
Share Your Good Work

Generations United and the Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative are creating a registry of intergenerational programs focused on youth providing service to seniors. Help us make it the most complete registry possible. Please tell us about your program by completing this very brief survey by Feb.15. 

Join Us in Building a World for All Ages
Are you committed to building a world for all ages now and in the future? Consider adding another paragraph to your will and leave a legacy gift to Generations United. Contact your financial advisor or attorney to learn more about how you can support our essential work on behalf of all generations.
Lutheran Services in America Annual Conference
Lutheran Services in America will hold its 2013 Annual Conference, Service Speaks, from April 8 to April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Learn more.
Member Focus:
Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale 

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale (NY) believes in the endless possibilities of aging and affirms that lifetime dreams can come true at any age. This vibrant and active community provides a wide range of opportunities to stimulate the mind, body and spirit through a variety of social, intellectual and physical activities.The Home's goal is to provide warm, nurturing care, which preserves and enhances independence and dignity. It also aims to make a positive impact everyday in the lives of all of the residents and individuals it serves throughout the community. Learn more. 

Funding Opportunities
Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis. Learn more.
AmeriCorps State & National Grants. Corporation for National and Community Service. Seeking proposals for programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach. Deadline: Feb. 6, 2013. Learn more.     


Disney Friends for Change. YSA and Disney are providing $1,000 grants to young change-makers who want to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Deadline: Feb. 10, 2013. Learn more.   


"All About the Fruits and Veggies" Grants. In honor of the National Gardening Association's 40th Anniversary, Jamba Juice is offering $500 grants to 40 youth gardening initiatives for gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Deadline: Feb. 18, 2013. Learn more. 


Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is calling for proposals for $32 million in grants aimed at continuing efforts to find and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Deadline: Feb. 21, 2013. Learn more.   


Captain Planet Foundation Grants. Seed grants for programs that engage children and young people in active, hands-on community service projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013. Learn more.  


Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants. Seeks concept papers

for innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Learn more. 


Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources
Grandparenting Guides. Arthur Kornhaber, MD. Now available in e-reader format from Learn more.

Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population. The National Academies Press. Offers four practical approaches for preparing resources to support the future consumption of households and for adapting to the new economic landscape.

Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years: Investing in Out-of-School Time Competencies as a Dropout Prevention Strategy. National Human Services Assembly. Makes the case that youth-serving agencies can help solve the nation's dropout crisis.

The Mentor's Field Guide: Answers You Need to Help Kids Succeed. Gail Manza & Susan K. Patrick. Serves as a one-stop resource for mentors. Uses a helpful question-and-answer format to address a wide range of issues that confront mentors. Learn more.

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
. US Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Health and Human Services. Offers creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation, along with fun suggestions for active play.
Learn more.

Newsletters Grandparents as Parents Newsletter. Grandparents as Parents. Winter 2012 edition.
Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter. Penn State Extension.
The Recession's Ongoing Impact on Children, 2012. First Focus and the Urban Institute. Uses three measures of children's economic well-being from 2007 to 2012: children with an unemployed parent, participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and child poverty.

Getting into Gear for 2014: Findings from a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2012-2013. Kaiser Foundation. Learn more.

Transform Your Food Pantry into a Source of Health and Wellness.

Dept. of Health and Human Services. Shares information about Catholic Charities West Virginia's innovative Wellness Works program, which takes a comprehensive community-based approach to addressing the health and nutritional needs of their food pantry consumers.Thurs., Jan. 31 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.


The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Outreach and Enrollment Campaign. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Discusses the nationwide effort to identify children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and get them enrolled. Wed., Feb. 27 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.  

In the News
Syndicated columnist Neil Peirce wrote about "The value of multigenerational cities," for a column in the Seattle Times on Jan. 26.

Watch a touching MSNBC video of a group of "golden girls" who were separated by Hurricane Sandy, reunited and then shared their stories with young people.
"There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate."

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Colleen Appleby-Carroll
Communications Coordinator
Generations United


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