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If you’re new to a neighborhood or community, you know how difficult it can be to get your bearings, make new friends and acquire the services you need. As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” So whether you’ve just moved, your life is in a new chapter, or you’d simply like to open up to more experiences, creating ties to your community and its members truly offers a sense of belonging that’s worth exploring. Networking and becoming involved with people and organizations can provide insight into cultures, awareness to the communal needs and opportunities to share your skills.

Forming bonds within a group allows people to feel welcome and also provides a sense of belonging, which are core needs within us all. Deepening these connections offers power against challenges we all face. If we look to the relationship with have with our comprehensive environment, it’s easy to see that we all matter to one another as, ultimately, we are interconnected. Volunteering or attending a meeting in any number of groups or events can allow you to help those around you and contribute in a meaningful way to your community. Your involvement should be in something you enjoy or believe in while, at the same time, you are bolstering your own health improvements by providing pride in your service and connecting with other like-minds. Have fun, improve your health and make a difference all at once...you can’t beat that!