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The Social Connection Project

The Social Connection Project
Published by Josh Hosler on Thu, Nov 19, 2020 7:52 AM

The Social Connection Project—a project of the Sound Alliance and community partners—is a conversation campaign to increase social connection within our community. The necessity of our current physical distancing mandate worsens social isolation and loneliness, which are already at high levels in our society. This project addresses this by connecting community members in our Sound Alliance institutions and neighborhoods with community volunteers—via phone or video calls—to share stories, pressures, and concerns related to COVID-19 and beyond, to the benefit of both. The stories and needs that emerge in these conversations will help to guide Sound Alliance’s organizing efforts going forward.

The project is open to any community member who would like to connect with someone during this extraordinary time to build and deepen our community. This includes, but is not limited to:

● Essential workers, who face unique challenges
● Parents with children at home
● People not working and worried about paying bills
● People who live alone
● Students whose education has been interrupted or altered
● People who are houseless or at risk of becoming houseless
● Young adults concerned about work prospects
● People with health concerns
● People not currently eligible for any of the public benefits in the stimulus package

Interested in volunteering to make calls? We are looking for individuals with good listening skills, compassion, a genuine interest in others and in building relationships for the long-haul.

What will volunteers do?

● Commit to making regular calls to their community partner(s)
● Attend a 90-minute virtual training before getting started
● Record a brief reflection in a shared document after each call
● Attend optional virtual meetings for debriefing and peer support.

Sign up to volunteer!

Click here to fill out the volunteer form.

Questions? Call the Sound Alliance Social Connection Project phone line at 425-390-4418.