(Mark Lennihan)

MetLife Foundation and Generations United awarded five communities across the country with the inaugural MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award.

The award was designed to raise awareness of the crucial role that intergenerational solidarity plays when building strong, vibrant communities. The presentation took place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on March 28 and was one segment of a policy briefing on the Older Americans Act and Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Author and journalist Juan Williams, a strategic advisor to Generations United presented the awards.

A panel of judges, included Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging and also an advisor to Generations United as well as Richard Lerner, director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University chose the winning entries from applicants across the country.

“It is said you can live anywhere, but that does not make it a liveable community. These awards signify that a critical component of a livable community is one that fosters an environment where generations live and work together. The MetLife Foundation/Generations United awards go to five remarkable and robust localities who demonstrate every day that a community is strengthened when all generations are integral part of its fabric,” said Blancato.

The communities that won were:

  • Lamoni, Iowa
  • Oberlin, Ohio
  • Georgetown, Texas
  • Virginia Planning District 10
  • The County of San Diego