Staying home is the right thing to do to protect yourself and your community while navigating a pandemic. But, while our body is protected within our four walls, our mind may suffer from lack of human connection. We've got some suggestions for ways you can stay home and stay connected.
Online options for staying connected:
- Art classes. Currently Silver Kite Community Arts, opens a new window is offering live, interactive online workshops, talks, social hours and performances for the community, free for KCLS patrons. Enter the password: KCLS2020, opens a new window to register today!
- Video chat. The next best thing to in-person is video chat. It provides those facial cues and nonverbal information our social mind craves. Zoom , opens a new windowis the current darling of videoconferencing, but many other free options exist to stay connected with family and friends. WeChat, Facetime, GoToMeeting and Skype are a few others. Eat dinner together, move your book group online, or play a game. Set up regular check in times with those you know are alone.
- Social media. See what's going on in your community by logging in to Nextdoor.com, opens a new window to connect with neighbors. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are popular ways to stay in touch.
- Online library programs. KCLS is planning online programs using Zoom. Search our Online Events, opens a new window calendar frequently as more programs are added.
- Volunteer. Read our blog post on 10 Ways to Volunteer From Home, opens a new window.
Telephone options for staying connected:
- Covia Well Connected, opens a new window offers activities, education, support groups and friendly conversation over the phone and online. Please note that Covia is for Older Adults 60+. Call 877-797-7299 to get started. Also in Spanish, call 877-400-5867.
- Washington Warm Line, opens a new window volunteers provide emotional support, comfort and information. Call 877-500-9276 to connect.
- Freeconferencecall.com, opens a new window requires online registration, but you can connect multiple people using one phone number. Ask how they're doing or use some of these Beautiful Questions, opens a new window prompts from TimeSlips.org, opens a new window.
Here is a link, opens a new window to some books on the importance of social connection in our digital collection.