Newsletter: Connection

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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.

With gratitude,
Lisa McNaney
Founder, Executive Director