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 Volume 8, Issue 7
February 13, 2013
We Agree, Mr. President
In his State of the Union Address Tuesday evening, President Obama focused on the real issues that affect Americans today and how we need to protect and support our neighbors of every age. We applaud the President for his emphasis on building intergenerational bonds and embracing this nation's diversity. We were particularly struck by his closing statement: "We are citizens. It's a word that doesn't just describe our nationality or legal status....It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others..."

Tomorrow, read our response to the President's address on our Together Blog.
Read Our Latest HuffPost Blog
In a new blog on HuffingtonPost, Executive Director Donna Butts calls on Congress to reinstate the Social Security student benefit. Read "We Know You Hear Us, But Are You Really Listening to Us on Social Security?" 
Sign Up Now for Free Grandfamilies Webinar: Legal Relationship Options and Available Financial Resources
Our next free webinar focuses on grandfamilies, in particular the legal relationship options open to them and the resources they can access. The type of legal relationship a grandfamily has often dictates the types of financial services available. 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.
A Smart App That Puts Food on the Table and Money Back in the Community
Every year, lower and moderate income working Americans lose out on hundreds -- even thousands -- of dollars by failing to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit that can be a real economic help for college students, young adults and grandfamilies.

Empower your clients to determine their eligibility by introducing them to the EITC Finder, a handy app for smart phones and other mobile devices developed by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation.

Using the EITC Finder is easy. Your client answers a few simple questions so the app can determine eligibility and estimate the amount of tax credit refund from both the state and federal governments. In addition, your client can use the app to find out how to claim this important tax credit and how to prepare and file their tax return for FREE using one of the products offered through IRS Free File. Learn more.

P.S. The free webinar described in the article above will explain more about EITC eligibility!

Welcome Our New State Coordinator for the Nebraska Grandparent Roundtable

Generations United is pleased to welcome Diane Rolfsmeyer to the Senior4Kids team. Diane joined the initiative in January as the state coordinator for the Nebraska Grandparent Roundtable (the name of Seniors4Kids expansion to Nebraska). Previously, Diane served as executive director for Seniors Foundation in Lincoln. During that time, she successfully wrote the winning proposal to develop the 58-acre Veterans Affairs clinic site there. Today, a cross-generational collaboration at the site delivers services and educational opportunities to older adults, veterans and area students. Diane also served as development officer for a youth treatment facility in Nebraska and as a foster parent of troubled youth. She and her husband are bi-coastal grandparents of 11 grandchildren and enjoy regular interaction with them. Email Diane to learn more about how you can become involved with the Nebraska Grandparent Roundtable.  

Congrats to 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities

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.  

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.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Two Generations United member organizations are seeking candidates for summer internships.


The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. (located in Maryland) has openings 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 by Feb. 28, 2013 to be considered for an interview in April 2013. Please put "Internship Opportunity" in the subject line of the email.


DOROT (located in New York City) offers two types of volunteer (unpaid) summer internships.


The Summer Teen Internship provides opportunities for teens to volunteer with high school students from around NYC to visit with home-bound elderly, learn about aging, and have a meaningful and fun summer. Interested teens can contact Anna at Learn more. 


The Summer College Internship gives college students outstanding opportunities to address the complex issues of aging and non-profit management, and provides broad experience in all aspects of DOROT's operations. Learn more.
Member Focus:
JCA Heyman Interages Center  
Founded in 1987 and located in Montgomery County, Maryland, the JCA Heyman Interages Center bridges the intergenerational gap in the Greater Washington Area. Because of its innovatives approaches and programs, the center is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in the intergenerational movement.

The Center works to create a more age-integrated community by promoting improved communication, understanding, and quality of life for older adults and youth. Interages serves the community by championing mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities for older adults and youth to interact and learn from one another while fostering respect between generations and appreciation of diversity. In addition, Interages:
  • Models effective intergenerational programs
  • Disseminates information and provides training and technical assistance
  • Facilitates communication among entities with an intergenerational interests  
Over the years, Interages has received numerous awards for its intergenerational work and was named a Program of Distinction by Generations United in 2012. 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.

"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.  

Adoption Recruitment Campaign and Response Initiative. 
Administration for Children and Families. Awards a cooperative agreement to establish a multimedia national adoption recruitment campaign to promote the adoption of children from the public child welfare foster care system. Deadline: March 7, 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
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. 


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.    

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.


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.
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

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.
Between the Lines. Generations Incorporated. Fifth annual fundraiser. Boston. Thurs., May 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Learn more.

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.  

My College OptionsŪ 6th Annual Education & Youth Research Summit.  National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ and the National Collaboration for youth. Save the date: May 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. More information to follow.   
"Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road....Tonight I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on -- by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy even reducing violent crime."

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