Many communities want to increase the number and nature of intergenerational initiatives, especially those making commitments to becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. Thanks to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Bridges Together is able to offer funding to communities wishing to partake in an opportunity to place older adults in school classrooms across the state.
This service offers communities a step-by-step process, as well as professional support, for creating a team that will do just that!
The following is included for communities that participate:
- A full-day workshop on the nuts and bolts of intergenerational programming, resulting in a community-wide intergenerational leadership team (which must include a senior center representative) and the team’s identification of one new intergenerational opportunity it will implement
- Subsequent regular meetings with Bridges Together intergenerational experts to plan and organize this new initiative
- Help with publicizing your event/initiative
Communities in New Hampshire or Rhode Island are now eligible to join Massachusetts cities and towns in applying for this funding!
Here are some success stories from the first year of this program.
- Ashland initiated a pollinator garden and a oral history project
- Barnstable had a tea party for high school students and people over the age of ninety.
- South Hadley had a wonderful Veterans Program
- West Boylston started a Senior Greeter Program
For more information please contact: Julie Shaw at Julie@BridgesTogether.org