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Recognize Older Adults
Purpose Prize
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 Volume 8, Issue 12
March 20, 2013
Grandfamilies Learn the Value of free-filing Their Taxes

At an event featuring New York Congressman Charles Rangel, a number of Bronx grandmothers raising grandchildren learned a new way to prepare and file their tax returns: using a computer and free file. Generations United recruited the grandmothers from the nearby Grandparent Family Apartments -- a building solely devoted to providing housing to grandfamilies.


The older adults were greeted by computer-savvy teen volunteers from the Frederick Douglass Academy. With good humor and patience, the teens guided the older adults through their online tax-filing. It was an intergenerational experience of the highest order.


The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sponsored the event, which took place at the Bronx Library Center. The Food Bank for New York City served as site coordinator. The Library Center is just one of many sites around the city where the Food Bank offers free income tax services. When addressing the crowd, Congressman Rangel stressed the need for collaborative efforts like this one to bring free file to those who need it the most and to make people aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit.   

OASIS Receives National Award for Excellence in Training and Education
Congrats to our colleagues at OASIS for being 
recognized by the American Society on Aging (ASA) with the prestigious Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education for 2013.

"By partnering with community organizations across the country, we are able to bring ... opportunities of educational excellence to a broad and diverse audience," said Marcia Kerz, president of The OASIS Institute. Kerz accepted the award on behalf of OASIS at the opening general session of the ASA conference March 12.
Recognize Older Americans Doing Great Things: Join the Challenge
The Administration for Community Living has announced the "Unleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge." This challenge, in celebration of Older Americans Month 2013, invites organizations to nominate people 60 or older who are putting their talents and expertise toward inspirational achievements in their communities and beyond. Learn more about the Challenge. Learn more about Older Americans Month 2013.
Nominate Someone for the Purpose Prize
Know someone 60 or older who switched focus later in life to follow a dream? Is this person's "encore" making the world a better place? Nominate that individual for the $100,000 Purpose Prize by April 4, 2013. Learn more. 
Gear Up for Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 2013 is the world's largest service event, and the only one dedicated to recognizing the contributions that young people make to their communities every day of the year. Get all the information you need to start your own service project. Learn more.
Share Your Story About the EITC Finder 
If you know of clients who have successfully used the EITC Finder, share their story with us. The EITC Finder is a handy app for smart phones and other mobile devices that helps lower- and moderate-income working Americans easily determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The app was created by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation. Send your story to me, Colleen Appleby-Carroll, at

Conference 2013: Last Call for Award Nominations!

Nominate a Deserving Individual or Program for an Award.
You still have time to nominate someone you know for one of several awards we'll be presenting at our 2013 Conference (July 30-Aug. 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

But you will have to hurry: Award nominations are due by March 30, 2013. Among the awards we'll be presenting are:


Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research 

Recognizes a paper that explores and documents the nature of the intergenerational dynamics that occur within the programs, and/or report on their measurable impacts. The author of the selected paper will receive $2000. Nominate someone.  


Generations United Grandfamilies Award 

Honors an organization, professional, or relative caregiver who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising children. Nominate someone.


Generations United Older Adult Volunteer Award 

Honors an individual age 60 and older who has made an outstanding contribution to an intergenerational program or who has advocated for older adults and youth. Nominate someone.


Generations United Shared Site Award 

Honors an organization that has made outstanding contributions to uniting the generations through intergenerational shared sites. Nominate someone. 


Generations United Youth Volunteer Award 

Honors an individual age 23 or younger who has made an outstanding contribution to an intergenerational program or who has advocated for older adults and youth. Nominate someone.


Generations United Intergenerational Innovation Award

Honors an organization or program that has made an outstanding contribution to uniting the generations through creative or exemplary practice. Nominate someone. 


Generations United Leadership Award for Outstanding Support
Honors a funder whose support has led to significant advances in the intergenerational field. Nominate someone.


Share Your Story. Stories educate us, connect us and enrapture us. Join us this summer to tell your story and hear others. Featured at the Generations United Conference will be Judith Viorst, an author of many children's books, and adult literature as Matthew Ross Smith, founder of Spaces Between Your Fingers. Be a part of it; register today.
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. 


Lawrence Foundation Grants. Makes grants to US-based qualified charitable organizations, primarily those address human services, the environment, and disaster relief. Deadline: April 30. Learn more. 


School Turnaround Americorps FY 13 Grants. National Corporation for Community Service and Dept. of Education. Seeks proposals to strengthen and accelerate interventions in our nation's lowest-performing schools by engaging hundreds of AmeriCorps members in turnaround schools across the country. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service by April 2, 2013 via e-mail at: Application deadline: April 23, 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
Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon by Paola Gianturco. Profiles activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents who tell their stories in their own words. Learn more.

Breakfast Changes Lives, a powerful new infographic from Share Our Strength, dramatically illustrates the case for keeping school breakfast.  
Online Resources

Gray Is Green website. Visit the website for Gray Is Green, the leading environmental education, advocacy, and action organization for older adults.


ICAA (International Council on Active Aging) website. ICAA has rebooted its website to be extremely easy to use. It offers hundreds of videos, research studies, articles, etc. Learn more.

Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place
MetLife Mature Market Institute, the Stanford Center on Longevity, and the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Offers a low-cost way for cities and towns to begin to examine the needs of their aging population. Learn more.

Middle Childhood Success and Economic Mobility.
SparkAction. Analyzes competencies that children need to master by the end of elementary school, the extent to which they are doing so, what might be done to improve their performance, and how this might affect their ultimate ability to earn a living.Learn more.

Promoting Equity through the Practice of Health Impact Assessment,
Co-authored by PolicyLink and three partner organizations. Helps communities assess the impact of proposed policies on community health and equity outcomes. Identifies recommendations for reshaping and enhancing those policies in order to maximize health and equity. Learn more.
Service Speaks: 2013 Annual Conference. 
Lutheran Services in America. Washington, DC. April 8 to April 11, 2013. Learn more. 

Making Children and Families a Priority: Raising the Bar. 2013 CWLA National Conference. CWLA. Washington, DC. April 14-17, 2013. Learn more.

2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference and Grantee Meeting.

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Boston. October 15-18, 2013.


Between the Lines. Generations Incorporated. Fifth annual fundraiser. Boston. Thurs., May 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 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.   
"On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others. When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched. Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the International Day of Happiness, March 20, 2013

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Colleen Appleby-Carroll
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Generations United


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