Social connections help give our lives purpose and meaning. When we have family, friends, and coworkers to celebrate and commiserate with, and when we feel part of our communities, we live longer, healthier lives.
Belonging to a strong social network that requires communication and mutual obligation makes people feel cared for and valued. Research has shown that people who feel a stronger sense of belonging to their local community tend to live healthier lives and have fewer mental health challenges than those who lack emotional connection.
The sociability of a place also impacts safety and crime. Crime and violence are key underlying factors in determining the health, or lack of, of a neighborhood or built environment.
We believe that efforts to enable and enhance social connectedness across all stages and ages of life are vital to the health of our community and its residents.