Every day I hear the lament, “I don’t have a computer, I can’t take part in library programs while the buildings are closed.” While much of the library’s programming is now online, there are free programs and support groups for people who rely on the telephone.
My favorite source is COVIA’s Well Connected, which started over 20 years ago. Here’s the scoop on this tried-and-true national jewel!
CONNECT FROM ANYWHERE
Well Connected is a community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value being connected. All groups are accessible by phone from wherever you are at no cost to you.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Whether you like art or zoology, music or meditation, there is a program for you. Each Well Connected session offers groups and classes on a wide range of topics. You’re sure to find one that interests you. And Well Connected meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a chance to connect.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Well Connected members call in via a toll-free number at a set time each week. Some groups also offer the option to connect via computer, tablet, or mobile device. Most groups last 30 minutes to an hour with around 12 participants. Newcomers are always welcome! If you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you’ve let the group know you’re there.
Of course, YOU are reading this online. Are there people in your life who don’t use a computer or who have low vision? Help them connect with others and the lifelong learning opportunities that are out there. Remember the technology of the telephone – we’re here for you!