Endorsing and Participating
Bridges Together – Individuals benefit and communities flourish when older and younger members are connected in meaningful ways. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Bridges Together is dedicated to uniting children and older adults through community-based programs.
Generations United includes more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans. Member organizations include United Way of America, AARP, Goodwill Industries International, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Points of Lights Foundation, Girl Scouts of America, National 4H Counsel among other national, state and locally based organizations.
American Library Association passed a resolution promoting the intergeneration celebration. The ALA endorsement cited factors emphasizing the importance of age-integrated communities where the strengths of one generation meet the needs of another. Many local library associations are participating.
American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a 21,000 individual and institutional member strong organization, endorses Intergeneration Month. Museums play a substantive role in preserving the past for current and future generations, teaching us that every generation can benefit from the idealism of those who will inhabit our planet after we are gone. The AAM preserves and provides access to the proposition and historical evidence that the “American story – indeed the story of humanity – is a continuum which, if properly tended through the sharing of knowledge and experience, will never end.” Please visitwww.aam-us.org to visit and experience the astounding efforts of the AAM in connecting generations.
Easter Seals – For 85 years, Easter Seals has been providing services that help children and adults with disabilities gain greater independence. Their primary services-medical rehabilitation, job training and employment, inclusive child care, adult day services, and camping and recreation–benefit more than 1 million individuals with disabilities and their families each year through more than 500 centers nationwide.
West Intergenerational Learning Center – Seniors participate in middle school classes such as band, languages and art as well as volunteer in the classrooms and work with individual teachers on special projects. In this environment, seniors and youth alike gain a new appreciation of each other’s generation, while forming special relationships that nurture both.
The Eden AlternativeTM is remaking the experience of aging and disability across America and around the world. Eden Alternative has trained over 1,200 people representing over 450 long-term care facilities across the United States in their 10 principles for creating a human habitat. The core concept of The Eden AlternativeTM is that we must teach ourselves to see long-term care centers as habitats for human beings rather than facilities for the frail and elderly. Eden Alternative homes regularly incorporate intergenerational activities in their programs.
The Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue is an organization working to remove the misconceptions and destructive stereotypes about Jews and Christians, and to affirm what Christians and Jews have in common and encourage understanding and respect for each other’s faith, culture and history.
The Victorian Hands Foundation, launched by Nadia Campbell in 1994, strives to make the elderly feel loved and appreciated, as well as to make sure that they have not been abandoned by the communities that they served for so many years. Our founder started this organization after watching a 20/20 special on elders who got abused and neglected and felt that something needed to be done! Through youth volunteers, TVHF enhances intergenerational relations. Youth volunteers of TVHF learn how to interact with elders as well as help elders learn about the youth generation.
Centura Health is Colorado’s largest healthcare system, serving the Denver metro area, Summit County, Colorado Springs, Canon City and Pueblo. It encompasses 10 hospitals, four full-service medical/surgical centers, 9 senior living facilities and a home care and hospice division. Centura Health was established in 1996 through a joint operating agreement between Catholic Health Initiatives and the PorterCare Adventist Health System.
The National Association of Estate Planners and Councils is a membership organization of over 200 councils in larger cities across the country, made up of lawyers, CPAs, trust officers, life insurance underwriters and financial planners. Communication regarding financial and inheritance issues is an essential part of the intergenerational legacy.
American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) works for the shared interests of more than 400 life insurers operating in the U.S., representing them before legislators, regulators, policymakers and the courts. An important ACLI goal is to expand awareness of how industry products — life insurance, pensions, annuities, disability income and long term care insurance — help Americans plan for and achieve financial and retirement security.
Rainbow Bridge is combating one of the plagues of long-term care, loneliness, by partnering volunteers with long-term care residents thus bringing value, love and friendship to their lives.
Hawaii Intergenerational Network (HIN) aims to encourage, stimulate and guide people in the use of intergenerational methodologies for addressing community and social issues. HIN provides organizations and individuals with resources to help support intergenerational programming efforts in Hawaii.
Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. is committed to the prevention of unnecessary and/or inappropriate institutionalization of older persons. They are committed to the concept of intergenerational programming, devoted to developing programs utilizing the talents and skills of both the young and old, and support relatives caring for children other than their own.
Ezrot Avot The Living Connection Project is a groundbreaking intergenerational project in Jerusalem, Israel. As a community-based facility, they offer social, cultural, educational and health programs and services to the elderly poor. A Living Connection is designed to rectify stereotypical thinking and attitudes on the part of both seniors and children.
Generations Incorporated is working toward the day when youth and older adults are widely regarded as resources to one another and widespread intergenerational relationships lead to substantially stronger communities. Our mission is to unite older adults and youth in service to strengthen individuals and communities.
Other Participating and Endorsing Organizations Include:
Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland
Association of Lifelong Learners of Alpena Community College, Michigan
Bowman Elementary School, Bowman, South Carolina
Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY
Centura Senior Services, Colorado
Children’s Family Center, Mechanicsburg, PA
Colorado Council of the International Reading Coalitions: Parents and Reading Committee
Colorado Springs Charter Academy, Colorado
Colorado Springs Senior Center, Colorado
County of San Diego, California
Downers Grove Township, Illinois
Easter Seals Miami-Dade, Miami, Florida
Edgewood Center for Children and Families, San Francisco, California
Experience Corps, Philadelphia, PA
Family Support Team, El Paso County Dept. of Human Services, Colorado
Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Kinship Center at the University of South Florida
Generations Incorporated, Boston, MA
Generations Intergenerational Daycare Center, Cedar Bluff, Virginia
Generations of Hope, Illinois
Generations Together, Pittsburgh, PA
Generations Together, Tyler, TX
Gladstone Senior Center, Portland, OR
Grandfriends, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Grandparents as Parents Knox County, Tennessee
Grandparents as Parents, Ellicot City, Maryland
Greene County Educational Services, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Growth Management Leadership Alliance, Washington, D.C.
Halley Movement, Republic of Mauritius
Hampton County Recreation Department, South Carolina
Informed Families, Orlando, FL
Kinship Family Center, San Bernardino, California
Lifelong Education Center, The University of Findlay, Ohio
Manchester Branch Ocean County Library, Manchester, New Jersey
Maple Lawn Health Center Eureka, Illinois
Marilyn & Gordon Macklin Intergenerational Institute, Findlay, Ohio
Medalion Retirement Community, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mt. Kisco Day Care Center, Mt. Kisco, New York
My Second Home, Mt. Kisco, New York
New Avenues for Youth, Portland, Oregon
New Jersey Intergenerational Network Friendship Center at Schooley’s Mountain, Hackettstown, New Jersey
Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
Our World, O’Fallon, IL
Onegeneration, Van Nuys, CA
Pace Architects, S.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Purdue University Gerontology Student Organization, Indiana
Save the Children Foster Grandparent Program, Arizona
Schoharie County Office for the Aging, Cobleskill, New York
Senior Citizens Services, Inc., Mobile, Alabama
Smart Growth America, Washington, D.C.
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
2801 E. Morgan Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
St Ann’s Residence, Duluth, Minnesota
Silver Key Senior Services, Colorado Springs, CO
Taylor Resource Center, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, Denver, Colorado
The Intergenerational School, Cleveland, Ohio
The National Fatherhood Foundation, Colorado
University of Colorado Center on Aging, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work
Whitehall Library, Whitehall, Pennsylvania
York Recreation Department, South Carolina
Of further interest: The World Jurist Association (WJA), at their international conference in Dublin, Ireland in September 2001, unanimously passed a resolution recommending that all societies increase their focus on intergenerational experiences and issues. The WJA conference was attended by leading lawyers, judges and law professors for 43 different countries.
Additional Intergeneration-Themed Web Sites…
The Eden AlternativeTM
Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning
The Illinois Intergenerational Initiative
KIN: The Kansas Intergenerational Network
The New Jersey Intergenerational Network
Something to Remember Me By
Pikes Peak Library District
Points of View, Inc.
Generations of Hope
The -Across Generations Project- (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
The Twin Rivers Intergenerational Center, Franklin, New Hampshire
Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha
Teachers’ Resource Center