The connectivity of places, passions and people applies to all of us – to people receiving services and supports, to employees and volunteers, to families, friends and neighbors. We can promote social capital and build social networks to enrich the lives of all people. We can enable people to live longer, happier and healthier lives. We can do this when we break down our thinking into the concrete building blocks of place, passions and people.
With increased social capital we will live healthier and happier lives, increase our community affiliations and be able to exercise choice and self-determination. Social capital offers a common meeting point for people receiving services and supports, families, employers, employees, and community organizations, both public and private.
The holiday season presents a natural setting for building social capital as many events center on reciprocity. It’s a time for office parties, family gatherings, visits with friends and neighbors, community charity events, gift exchanges, and religious services. It’s the time of year when people are most inclined to help others who are in need, and to reach out and include people who might otherwise be forgotten.
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