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Updates from Commit to Connect


Commit to Connect Updates

New Resources from Commit to Connect

Commit to Connect recently released two new publications to help staff and volunteer leaders committed to addressing social isolation and loneliness develop and enhance social connection programs and interventions.

The Supporting Social Connection of People Living with Dementia topical guide highlights the importance of promoting social connection for those living with dementia and features programs and initiatives from organizations across the country that encourage social connection. Similarly, the Intergenerational Engagement topical guide describes ways organizations are increasing intergenerational social engagement in their communities and provides tips and strategies for others to enhance their intergenerational work. Check out the new resources on the Commit to Connect website

Social Connection in Long-Term Services and Supports Access

Watch the recording from Commit to Connect's December webinar focused on centering social connection in No Wrong Door Systems. During the webinar, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia 2-1-1 and United Way Worldwide presented on the Social Health Connector tool, which helps community members consider social connections and identify a social connection plan. Speakers also shared strategies to help organizations replicate the tool.

Highlights from the Nationwide Network of Champions

As a member of the Commit to Connect Nationwide Network of Champions, you can connect with leaders in your state, seek advice from other leaders engaged in social connection programming, or join the Intergenerational Engagement Community to connect with others with similar interests. Recent Community Forum discussion threads have centered on art activities addressing isolation and brainstorming solutions to common challenges in friendly calling programs. This platform is a no-cost virtual space for passionate leaders and innovators at the local, state, and national levels dedicated to ending social isolation and loneliness. Become a Champion and join the discussion today!

Meet a Commit to Connect Champion


Commit to Connect is pleased to highlight another member of the Nationwide Network of Champions in our bi-monthly blog post series, providing a snapshot of the innovative social connection efforts led by Commit to Connect Champions across the country. This month’s featured Champion is Jan Amys, Senior Program Officer with the Northland Foundation. Check out the full blog post here.


Are you interested in having your organization featured in an upcoming blog post? Make sure you are registered for the Commit to Connect Nationwide Network of Champions.

Read the Blog Post

Recent Research and Resources

Help Spread the Word!

Commit to Connect’s Nationwide Network of Champions has now grown to include 335 Champions who represent 295 organizations. Be sure to log in or sign up to stay up to date on new activities and resources. Help spread the word!

  • Become a Commit to Connect Champion and invite your friends and colleagues to join you as a Commit to Connect Champion where you can tell your story and join the conversation.
  • Use #CommitToConnect on your social media channels when posting about social connections and to connect with others committed to this cause.
  • Visit the Commit to Connect website to check out the latest events and resources.

Upcoming Events

Funding for this initiative was made possible by contract no. HHSP233201500088I from ACL. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.