Every day this week:
- Follow our Twitter, Facebook, and website and share the Generations United messages. Check out our Grandparents Day Social Media Guide for sample content. Make sure to tag your messages #DoSomethingGrand.
- Let your grandparents, grandchildren and other older and younger people in your life know you think they are special.
- Volunteer with and advocate on behalf of another generation.
- Encourage your friends and family to swap their regular Facebook profile or cover photos with one that includes their grandparents and/or grandchildren and keep it up throughout the week.
- #TakeAGrandie for Generations United’s “Grandie” contest! Learn more
- Help us get a Google Doodle for Grandparents Day! Learn more
Tuesday, September 8
- Find out why, as a kid, our Operations and Social Media Manager Adam Hlava enjoyed going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in his “Grandparents Week Blog: Jack and Marion Hlava“.
Wednesday, September 9
- Check out our newly revised Take Action Guide and plan an intergenerational service activity.
- Learn about children raised by their grandparents in the Generations United Grand Successes: Stories of lives well-raised.
- D.C. elders who care about the environment can Do Something Grand at the Grandparents Climate Action Day tomorrow! – learn more. For more ideas, check out our Environmental Awareness and Action Guide.
- Read this transformative moment our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent had, as a kid, with her grandpa in “Grandparents Week Blog: I Love You“.
- Read The Hadley School for the Blind’s article, “Putting the ‘Grand’ Back in Grandparenting After Vision Loss“
Thursday, September 10
- Check out past winners of Generations United’s Best Communities Awards for ideas on how to make your community more intergenerational. If your community is already a great intergenerational place, download the application [new link coming soon!] and apply today!
- Learn what our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig learned when she looked back on her luck in “Grandparents Week Blog: Fortunate“
- Check out The Hadley School for the Blind’s webinar (2pm CDT/3pm EDT), which offers suggestions and resources to help grandparents faced with age-related vision loss to put the “grand” back in grandparenting. Learn more
- Register a Young Adult to Vote. Pass on strong civic values to the next generation by encouraging at lease one young person to register to vote. Learn more and see other ideas in our Take Action Guide.
Friday, September 11
- Take a Tour of Your Town. Learn more about your hometown, as well as your grandparent or grandchild. See other ideas in our Take Action Guide.
Saturday, September 12
- Interview a grandparent/grandfriend and enter the Listen to a Life Essay Contest.
- Involve Your Faith-Based Community. Ask your religious leader to mention Grandparents Day during a faith-based service or plan a special intergenerational service during this time. See other ideas in our Take Action Guide.
Sunday, September 13 – GRANDPARENTS DAY
- In Bad Axe, Michigan? Take your grandparents or grand friends to “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa,” a free concert hosted by singer/songwriter Johnny Prill. Learn more
- Live near Palm Beach, Florida? The Flagler Museum has an opportunity for you to share your own family history. Learn more
- Will you be near Roeland Park, Kansas? The Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s 50 Plus Program has a family picnic. Learn more
- In Berwyn, Illinois, Gift of Hope is having a Grandparents Day potluck dinner for their Grandparents and Others Raising America’s Children Support Group. Learn more
- In Richmond Hill, Georgia, Georgia Game Changers Running Co. will be hosting a DO Something GRAND Fitness event. Learn more
- Encourage your friends and family to visit or contact their grandparents and grandfriends.
- Volunteer Together. Older adults and youth can make a difference by volunteering and having fun at the same time. See other ideas in our Take Action Guide.