Pandemic Pen Pals
Due to coronavirus and the Governor’s Stay Home/Stay Healthy orders, The HUB Center for Seniors in Belfair shuttered in March. Because older adults are more susceptible to coronavirus, the stay at home orders and social distancing guidelines prohibit them from interacting. This has left our older citizens more isolated, secluded and lonely as ever. Typically, older people tend to have fewer social connections and outlets anyway. Studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness are linked to poorer physical and mental health.
We are launching a Pen Pal Program at The HUB that changes all of this, partnering senior citizens with North Mason students and younger citizens. This is an informal partnership that benefits people of all ages through communication. It is a positive way to keep older adults reconnected and keeps those of a younger generation positively engaged, while fostering empathy and civic engagement.
This could be done via email or snail mail, however the pen pals would like to engage. We will run this program through the summer, May – September. Both pen pals will be asked to sign a waiver that releases their mailing address and/or email to the other party. Minors will need to get permission from a parent or guardian before participating.
If you are interested in more information regarding the Pen Pal Program, contact the HUB at (360) 275-0535 or email. Virtualjtr@aol.com or thehubcenterforseniors@gmail.
com. The HUB is looking forward to connecting the community with their elders and are excited to see the benefits of sharing stories, wisdom and life experiences through letters of hope.