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 Volume 8, Issue 13
March 27, 2013
Juan Williams congratulates Thelma Collins of Itta Bena, Mississippi.
Hail to America's Best Intergenerational Communities!
The curious, the well-known, and the winners packed Room 122 of the Cannon House Office Building last Thursday as four communities were heralded for being the 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities in America. Generations United and MetLife Foundation sponsored the awards and the event.

Generations United Board Member Matthew Melmed welcomed the crowd and introduced the event emcee, Juan Williams, the well-known author, journalist, and news analyst. This was Williams' second time as emcee for the awards; the inaugural event took place last year. Thanks, Juan!

The winning communities included: Dunedin, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Itta Bena, Mississippi; and Westchester County, New York. Each community was well-represented by members of their communities who were instrumental in establishing exceptional intergenerational policies and programs. Two members of Congress, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen stopped by to congratulate their constituents and say a few words.

A prestigious panel discussed what constitutes a truly intergenerational community. Panelists included: Barbara Greenberg, president and founder of the Philanthropic Group; Austin Heyman, founder of JCA Heyman Interages Center; and Nancy Henkin, founder and executive director of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts issued a call to action, saying, "We believe more cities, towns, and counties will follow the lead of the best intergenerational communities we are honoring today IF we encourage local leaders to be bold and create policies that support them."
2013 Public Policy Agenda Available

Generations United is pleased to share our Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress. We released the agenda on Capitol Hill last week at our America's Best Intergenerational Communities event, distributing it to all House and Senate offices. We timed the distribution to coincide with Congress passing a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through September. While the resolution averts a government shut down, it does not turn back the sequester that puts in place across-the-board cuts to critical supports for children, families, and older adults.


Our policy agenda calls on Congress to ensure that individuals of every age are protected in the challenging economic climate. View the full public policy agenda and contact your members of Congress to urge them to take action to protect children, families and older adults in their ongoing budget decisions. Not sure how to best communicate with your members of congress? Here are some tips.  

Deadline Closing in on Nominations for  Shared Site Award 
Do you know of an organization that does a terrific job at serving different generations on the same site? That organization could be the recipient of the 2013 Generations United Shared Site Award. But not unless someone (you, perhaps?) nominates that worthy organization. So how about it? Hurry, though. Award application deadline is March 30.  Nominate an organization.


Become a Program of Distinction
Is your intergenerational program innovative? Effective? Addressing a need in your community? Then you should apply to become a Program of Distinction. The application is comprehensive, so get started now! Application deadline: May 1. Learn more.
Show Your Support for National Service
Voices for National Service and ServiceNation, in partnership with AmeriCorps Alums, are launching the first ever "I Serve Because..." Video Contest. If you are passionate about the promise of national service, watch this "I Serve Because..." video from US Senator Tom Harkin, then submit a video of your own. As Sen. Harkin explains, "The future of national service depends on your voice being heard." Learn more. 
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
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
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.   
"We recognize that while what happens in the best intergenerational communities may be transformational, it doesn't happen magically. The best communities take time to plan and invest in approaches that bring younger and older people together and work aggressively to engage the strengths of each generation."  Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts speaking at the 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards event. 

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