It is widely known that those who have a strong connection with others have a healthier sense of well-being. This is especially true for those going through a cancer challenge and their extended support community, as these experiences can feel lonely and isolating.
We’ve all felt the need to talk to a friend when having a bad day or receiving negative news. The ability to reach out and feel heard is one of the most important ways a person can feel supported and understood, which in turn provides us with a sense of belonging.
Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems. By neglecting our need to connect, we put our health at risk. The reality is that we’re living in a time of true disconnection, which is why this becomes even more important.
Culinary Angels has created a volunteer family of close to 150 active volunteers, 50 of whom show up every week to prepare and participate in our cooking cycle. Through laughter, a shared purpose, and a true sense of belonging, we have built a crucial community.
Thank you to all of our tremendous volunteers who not only make our program possible but create joy and community for so many, every week.
Founder, Executive Director