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SOURCE Generations United
These award recipients are redefining community life by throwing out old stereotypes and engaging residents of every age in decision-making, problem-solving, and relationship-building. The result: robust, vibrant communities.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MetLife Foundation and Generations United today presented four communities with the 2013 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award. The award is intended to heighten awareness of the important role that intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, vibrant communities. The recipients include: Dunedin, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Itta Bena, Mississippi; and Westchester County, New York. Two other communities were named finalists: Chanute, Kansas and Proctor, Minnesota.
The awards presentation took place at the Cannon House Office on Capitol Hill and was part of a policy briefing on what encourages intergenerational communities. Author and journalist Juan Williams presented the awards. Williams serves as a strategic advisor to Generations United.
"Today's award recipients recognize the value of promoting strong bonds between the generations and working together to create a vibrant, meaningful place to live for every generation," said Dennis White, MetLife Foundation's president and chief executive officer. "MetLife Foundation is pleased to recognize the four communities that have demonstrated forward thinking in helping to create an environment that benefits an entire community."
"When all citizens are valued, it creates a positive environment for building strong, safe, and supportive communities," said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. "Such communities understand the wisdom of using the resources they have to connect generations rather than separate them into age-segregated programs and facilities. That intergenerational connection leads to older adults voting in favor of school bond ballots and young people visiting their aging neighbors. Everyone is engaged and everyone has purpose."
A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country. Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging and a partner in Matz, Blancato & Associates, served as a judge in the selection process. Blancato, who is also a strategic advisor for Generations United noted, "It is said you can live anywhere, but that does not make it a livable community. These awards signify that a critical component of a livable community is one that fosters an environment where generations live and work together. "
Fellow judge Pam Smith, director of Aging & Independence Services for the County of San Diego, added, "The MetLife Foundation/Generations United awards go to four remarkable and robust localities who demonstrate every day that intergenerational collaboration helps sustain and extend the quality of community life." San Diego County was a recipient of one of the inaugural MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Awards last year.
All of the winning communities showed exceptional commitment to integrating intergenerational practices into all aspects of community life. Their programs are highlighted below:
For full profiles of these remarkable communities, visit www.gu.org.
About MetLife Foundation: MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.
About Generations United: Formed in 1986, Generations United is the national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. Generations United serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. For more information, visit www.gu.org.
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