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Connection Activities

It’s Party Time – Throwing a neighborhood…

Adults, All Ages, Families

Hosting a neighborhood block party is easier than you think. Here are some simple steps and ideas for planning a neighborhood gathering.

Conversation starters for neighbors

All Ages, Families

Conversation starters are a fun and easy way to build new or existing relationships with your neighbors.

Make a neighbor map

All Ages

Once you’ve chatted up a neighbor, use our Neighbor Map to keep notes of key insights to remember.

Easy ways to meet your neighbors and…

Adults

Whether you’re a longtime resident or new to the area, meeting your neighbors can feel intimidating. But don’t stress, there are a variety of ways to introduce yourself – virtually, in person, at an event – take your pick.

Social connections bingo

All Ages

Take the Social Connections Bingo Challenge! It’s a fun and family friendly way to try new things and share experiences.

Ready, set, connect through sports!

All Ages

Playing a sport not only provides a fun activity, but is an easy way to meet people – and it helps you stay fit!

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Families

Explore your neighborhood while searching for items—and ask your neighbors to join in too!

Lifelong Engagement Groups and Activities

Older Adults

Staying engaged as an older adult means maintaining and building new connections with people and groups in your community. Try out these suggestions to build lasting connections!

Connecting through sharing photos and stories

All Ages, Older Adults

Younger generations are used to sharing photos quickly and easily through social media and smartphones. Here are some ideas for sharing photos and stories to build meaningful connections with older adults in your life.

Low-Tech Ways to Stay in Touch with…

Older Adults

Check out these creative tips for staying connected with older adults through calls, letters and cards.

Making Volunteer Connections

All Ages

Volunteering benefits more than the community. Research shows the volunteer benefits as well.

Putting your Life Back Together After Grief…

Adults, Families

This group activity is focused on connecting with others who are dealing with grief and loss, and processing these feelings together.

Making a Connection Capsule

Adults, Older Adults

Create a 'connection’ capsule for a friend or family, and fill it with your shared favorite things and memories as a way to connect even when you can’t be together.

Staying Grounded and Connected to Self, Family…

All Ages

There are simple activities anyone can do every day to connect to others and stay present in the moment. Making these practices part of your regular routine can help you stay in touch with what matters to you most.

Common Interests Create Common Bonds

All Ages

Creating connections is easier when you have shared interests, and it deepens bonds by doing something together! Below are ways to connect with people who like the same things you do.

Connecting Through Exercise

All Ages

Play is nature’s remedy for stress! And connecting through exercise is one way increase your activity while making social connections to improve your overall health.

Take a “Noticing Walk” with Kids

All Ages, Families

When we walk in nature and “notice” its magic, we get a deeper connection to the earth and ourselves. Taking a “noticing walk” with kids adds even more magic to the experience and encourages kids to appreciate nature’s wonder.

Gratitude Texting Groups

All Ages, Families

Share positive thoughts and gratitude with your friends and family

Send a Smile to an Older Adult

All Ages, Families, Older Adults

A simple card, note or greeting can help prevent isolation and loneliness for an older adult in our community. This activity allows you to express yourself creatively while connecting.

Virtual Book Club

All Ages, Families

We love gathering in someone’s home or in a coffee shop, talking with our friends about books, eating good food, and sharing laughter and conversation. But sometimes it’s not possible to meet in person. A virtual book club is the answer!

Supporting Older Adults through Volunteering

Adults, Older Adults

Support older adults through these simple, easy volunteer connections.

Make a Musical Connection

Older Adults

Music has the power to evoke memories and create new ones. Share music with the older adults in your life to spark connection and appreciation for melodies, new and old.

Recipe Exchange

Adults

Food brings people together like nothing else. Exchange your favorite recipes with others while building your relationships.

From Pen Pal to Forever Friend

All Ages

In our digital world, the art of putting pen to paper is fading. Writing a letter to a pen pal can brighten their day (and yours) and be an important connection for both of you.

Family Build a Story Time

Adults, Families

Strengthen your connections with others through storytelling & humor!

Lunch Hour Conversations

Adults

Do you miss lunchtime conversations with your coworkers? Recreate them with your neighbors through this fun activity!

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