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 Volume 8, Issue 6
February 6, 2013
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MetLife Foundation & Generations United Announce 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities

They're places that folks of all ages proudly call home because they recognize the benefits of  intergenerational programs, practice, policies and services. Please join us in applauding the recipients of the 2013 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award: Dunedin, Fla; Montgomery County, Md.; Itta Bena, Miss.; and Westchester County, NY. In addition, kudos go to the 2013 National Finalists: Chanute, Kan. and Proctor, Minn. Stay tuned to learn more about each community and our upcoming event to celebrate their achievements.  

Sign the Petition to Create a Commission on Children
Save the Children and 23 other national organizations are asking President Obama to call for a new National Commission on Children during his State of the Union address next week. The first such Commission, created by President Reagan and Congress in 1987, led to some of the most effective anti-poverty initiatives in our nation's history, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Mark Shriver, senior vice president, US Programs for Save the Children, remarked, "We are confident that a new Commission is the key to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children in this country, including the 16 million who live in poverty. I hope you will join with us and nearly 50,000 others by signing our petition today."
Get the App: Help Folks Determine if They're Eligible for the EITC
The Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation has developed a handy app for smart phones and other mobile devices that empowers people to find out whether they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. It can be a real economic help for college students, young adults and grandfamilies.

The EITC Finder is also great for nonprofits and others that serve these tax filers. The app gives staff and volunteers the ease and flexibility of showing individuals and families - wherever they may be meeting - how easy it is to determine EITC eligibility.

The EITC Finder asks users a few simple questions  ... things like "Are you married or single?"; "How many children do you support?"; and "How much money did you earn last year?"  After a user enters the information, the app tells whether that individual qualifies for EITC, and estimates how much they could get back from the IRS and their state. Then it tells them how they can easily claim the EITC by preparing and filing their tax return for FREE using one of the free products offered through IRS Free File.  
Learn more.
P.S. The free webinar described below will explain more about EITC eligibility!
Grandfamilies Webinar: Legal Relationship Options and Available Financial Resources
The type of legal relationship a grandfamily has often dictates the types of financial services the family can obtain. Learn what your legal options are and how to access supports, such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Medicaid, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, affordable housing, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Webinar leaders are Ana Beltran, JD from Generations United and Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW from The American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law.  Fri., Feb. 15 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET. Register Now.
Become a Program of Distinction

Do you believe your intergenerational program is innovative and effective in addressing a need in your community? Apply by May 1 for a Program of Distinction designation.  Learn more.

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. We'll present the awards during our 17th International Conference in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 1, 2013. Deadline to submit a nomination: March 30, 2013. Learn more. Contact Leah at lbradley@gu.org  with questions or to request a different format for the application.   

Summer Internships

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. is seeking candidates for two paid summer internships that could lead to employment. Interns will be expected to analyze and synthesize information and create reports for review and decision making at the Foundation. Interested? Send a cover letter and resume to  gradinternship@hjweinberg.org by Feb. 28, 2013 to be considered for an interview in April 2013. Please put "Internship Opportunity" in the subject line of the email.

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 complete the brief survey by Feb.15. 

Gordon: We're Gonna Miss Ya!

Gordon Walker, a stalwart of the intergenerational community, retired from his position as CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (Charlottesville, VA) on Feb. 1. But all is not lost: Gordon assures us he will serve as a consultant to JABA's Board of Directors working on a few new and pending initiatives.

 

Gordon made his farewell in his typically understated way, saying, "JABA's accomplishments during my 30 years as its CEO are due to the good fortune and good works of many talented and compassionate individuals, staff and volunteers, both within JABA and throughout our community. As a result our area can be proud of the awards it has received as a great place to age for all ages." Best wishes for the future!  

Member Focus:
Jefferson Area Board for Aging 

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) is
committed to promoting, establishing and
preserving sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages. And it does that well. In fact, JABA and Virginia Planning District 10 were among the recipients of the inaugural MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award in 2012. Among its many intergenerational accomplishments, JABA partnered with the Viable Futures Center in Baltimore, MD. to create the Viable Futures Toolkit. The kit helps communities develop the policies and practices that can create viable and vibrant futures for all generations. It also encourages people to think and act differently - for the greater good - with regard to our human and natural resources. Learn more. 

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.
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.

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
Book 
Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: A Strengths-Based Perspective. Editors: Bert Hayslip, Jr. and Gregory Smith. Offers a positive approach to understanding grandparent caregivers, focusing on their resilience and resourcefulness. 

Handbook 
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.

Reports 

Building a Birth-to-College Model: Professional Learning Communities.

Ounce of Prevention Fund and the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Examines best practices for establishing professional learning communities that prepare students for college starting at the earliest ages. Learn more.     

  

Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 Years and Older. US Census Bureau. Learn more. 

 

Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Examines the current offerings of educational apps and children's e-books, specifically looking at how well those designed to encourage literacy skills actually do so. Learn more. 

 

The Sandwich Generation:  Rising Financial Burdens for Middle-Aged Americans. Pew Research Center. Learn more.

  

Webinars

Caregivers as Partners and Clients of Behavioral Health Services. Administration on Aging and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA). Discusses the role of caregivers in caring for older adults with behavioral health problems; explores the mental health impact that the caregiving role has on lives of caregivers themselves; and provides examples of evidence-based programs and resources. Wed. Feb. 13 at 2:30pm ET. Learn more.


Honoring Ourselves and Our Service as Health Care Providers.

National Center  for Creative Aging. Offers health care professionals self-care techniques, using the creative arts, to ease the daily and cumulative stresses of caregiving. Thurs., Feb. 14 at 1:00pm ET.

 

Connecting Kids to Coverage National Outreach & 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.
Events
Advocacy Fair 
Advocacy Fair for Adults 50+.
New York City Department for the Aging, UJA-Federation of New York, and Coming of Age NYC. Manhattan. Wed. March 6 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Contact Jacob Stolar at 212-991-6572 or email jpac@jasa.org.

Conferences
Service Speaks: 2013 Annual Conference. 
Lutheran Services in America. Washington, DC. April 8 to April 11, 2013. Learn more. 

Without Limits: 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference.
National Youth Leadership Council in partnership with Earth Force.
Denver. March 13 to 16.  Learn more.
 
Fundraiser 
Between the Lines. Generations Incorporated. Fifth annual fundraiser. Boston. Thurs., May 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Learn more.

Seminar 
Frail Older Adults: Building a Care System. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Shares tools and best practices from organizations that have developed and tested novel solutions to caring for frail older adults. Denver. March 20 to 21. Learn more.   
In the News

Salt Lake City's Deseret News reports that the Utah Senate is considering a bill to create a state commission that would develop policy recommendations to end intergenerational poverty...[to] "help children escape the consequences of intergenerational poverty," said Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden. The bill also would create an advisory committee of representatives of faith organizations, child advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations to assist the commission.

 

In an article in The NonProfit Times, Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize, makes the case for welcoming young volunteers. 

Quote
"A child needs a grandparent, anybody's grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world."

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