Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
President Obama will announce a proposed increase in the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) during his State of the Union address on Wednesday night, January 27, 2010. The NFCSP, part of the Older Americans Act (OAA) provides critical services to support family caregivers. Up to ten percent of the funding appropriated for the NFCSP can be used to provide support services to grandparents or relatives over age 55 who are raising relatives’ children.
Visit our NFCSP resource page for more.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Donna Butts was in the Washington Post on Monday with an op-ed about intergenerational service on MLK Jr. Day and the importance of grandparents and older adults in the lives of our children. Grandparents laid the foundation for both King's and Obama's successes as leaders, just as "First Grandmother" Marian Robinson does today in the White House.
We're also proud to highlight the many successes this weekend by teams of intergenerational volunteers. In her op-ed, Donna referenced the great work going on in San Diego by Keep The Spirit of '45 Alive and the intergenerational volunteer project headed by United Way of Greater St. Louis. Also this weekend, President Obama marked MLK Jr. Day with an intergenerational reflection on the civil rights movement, and in Baltimore, Experience Corps members shared stories with students about their own childhoods during segregation.
Dr. King said, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Let's continue to view the world from that intergenerational perspective in the year ahead.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) have introduced a bill in Congress to establish a commission made up of a group of people (mostly from Congress) that would produce a plan to reduce the federal deficit. Congress would then have to vote on the proposal with no opportunity for amendments. Effectively the commission would have the ability to alter all federal policy with limited democratic input. Proponents of the commission frequently say the establishment of the commission is necessary for the future of children in the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The commission is a potentially dangerous vehicle to cut programs like Social Security and Medicaid that serve some of the most vulnerable young people in this country. Social Security, specifically targeted by Conrad-Gregg keeps 1.3 million children from falling into poverty. Additionally, six and half million children in the United States receive assistance from Social Security’s survivors benefits program. These are vulnerable children who have lost a parent and who might otherwise be at risk of slipping into poverty.
Contrary to their alarmist rhetoric, Social Security is not even contributing to the federal deficit. The program is still running a surplus (yes, a surplus). In fact, according to the last Social Security trustees’ report, Social Security will continue to run a surplus until 2023 and will build its reserves to $4.3 trillion. Social Security deserves the consideration of experts that understand the program and its history and know how to strengthen it for future generations – not a 16-member commission.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, Silent Spring. Its publication is credited with reversing the nation's pesticide policy.
The categories are poetry, photography, essays and dance. The contest seeks to instill a sense of wonder for the environment among all generations and spur environmental stewardship.
Entries must be from a team of two or more persons from both younger and older generations.
The deadline for team entries is June 16, 2010.
The winners will be announced in October 2010. The public will have the opportunity to vote among the finalists for the winners in each category. For more information, visit the contest Web site.
Friday, January 08, 2010
As we look back on 2009, here are the Top Ten Most Requested Resources at GU.org, gleaned from web statistics, member requests and staff input:
1. Multigenerational Households fact sheet
2. Subsidized Guardianship Programs fact sheet
3. Under One Roof guide
4. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Housing Action Agenda
5. Meth and Child Welfare report
Play is Forever fact sheet
7. Shared Sites: Making the Case guide
Shared Sites: Troubleshooting guide
9. Generations United for Environmental Awareness and Action
10. IG Mentoring fact sheet
We also want to highlight the resource library at the GU Seniors4Kids Web site, www.seniors4kids.org -- S4K's Web site had many downloads and requests for information in 2009.