The New York sites are supported and funded by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam (uwwp.org) and the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/benedict/
The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation is committed to creating good places for people to grow old while maintaining the maximum possible levels of independence. Research confirms that remaining socially connected and productively engaged promotes older adults' physical and mental health. The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation views older people as assets to their communities, an essentially untapped resource of time, talent, and experience with potential to benefit neighbors and neighborhoods.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s mission is to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. Everything we do is connected to supporting these building blocks for a good life. When you reach out a hand to one, you influence the condition of all. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam and the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation have been actively partnering since 2005 to bring intergenerational thinking, opportunities, and activities into the mainstream. The Intergenerational Initiative began by providing grants to several existing intergenerational programs and then broadened its focus to support several other programs that intentionally incorporated opportunities for young people and older adults to interact regularly into their existing services. In 2006, believing that it is most effective to use a community-wide focus when encouraging the use of intergenerational strategies, United Way and the Benedict Foundation joined the Communities for All Ages national network and have been working with three communities in Upstate New York:
Town of Peekskill
Village of Portchester
Ashburton Avenue neighborhood of Yonkers