If you're a CT resident or a student attending college in CT or at Amherst College in MA, we invite you to join the fall 2021 Tea @ 3 Community which runs mid-September - end of November 2021.
You'll receive a welcome kit in the mail that includes a handmade mug cozy, a one-month supply of tea, a Bare Life coconut hot cocoa packet*, conversation starters to set you on the path to a new friendship, and other ideas for social engagement.
*Thanks to Ali at Bare Life for providing a packet of crave-worthy and allergen friendly coconut hot cocoa for every community member!
You'll be matched with a Tea-Mate of a different generation for a phone call or video chat once a week. You'll connect over tea, enjoy a wonderful conversation - and perhaps share words of wisdom, too.
We're excited to offer 3 virtual community-wide events this fall!
Listen to Terry Wolfish Cole, storyteller and founder of Tell Me Another Stories, as she shares her story, and learn how to find and craft the stories of your unique experiences at a virtual storytelling workshop.
We'll gather virtually on October 25 (International Artist's Day) for a community-wide event fostering your connection with your Tea-Mate - and with other Community members (that just may have something to do with art - no experience required!).
On December 1, we'll celebrate the friendships made this fall during a virtual party (details will be forthcoming).
For centuries, tea has been used for far more than quenching thirst. Around the world people drink it to relax, reinvigorate and soothe, and it's something we need now more than ever.
Did you know that the mental and physical benefits of drinking tea are documented in numerous scientific studies? These benefits include:
* Reducing anxiety and improving mood via the amino acid L-theanine;
* Reducing the risk of cognitive decline by 50%; and
* Preventing cardivascular disease and increasing lifespan via polyphenols, a compound found in both black and green tea.
When you join us for Tea @ 3, you'll become a member of a community of tea drinkers of varying ages who are in it for more than just the tea.
When you sit down for your cup of tea at 3:00 pm (or another time that's more convenient for you), you'll find comfort in knowing that you're part of group of people who are all doing the same thing - you may be physically separated, but you're not alone. You're together in spirit, participating in a group activity. It'll become a ritual that you'll look forward to each day!
The once-a-week conversation with your Tea-Mate provides the opportunity for you to make a new friend, laugh a little, and simply feel better.
And the three virtual community-wide events bring you together with everyone else in the community - to have fun while learning, creating, and sharing. So that you can flourish and thrive.
Siri is a student at Amherst College, class of ’24, studying Neuroscience and Economics. She joined the For All Ages team in 2021 as the organization’s first university Campus Connector.
As our university Campus Connector Coordinator, Siri is looking forward to helping expand the Campus Connector role to other campuses, further reaching the younger generation and fostering intergenerational connectivity through the Tea @ 3 Community.
Email Siri to ask questions or to learn more about becoming a Campus Connector at your school.
We are seeking one student attending college at each of the following CT universities* to spread awareness of our Tea @ 3 Community and other volunteer opportunities among fellow students:
If you are interested in becoming a Campus Connector, please email Deb at email@example.com to schedule an interview.
*If you are attending a local college not listed above, contact Deb to talk about whether a campus connector may benefit your school community.
University of Connecticut - Storrs campus
If you're a college student in CT or nearby, let's chat!
You and your Tea-Mate will enjoy a brief conversation (15-20 minutes) once each week on the day and time that is convenient for both of you. You'll share laughs (and perhaps worries), talk about the newest TV show, or perhaps exchange recipes. You may even provide advice to one another!
Our community information also includes suggestions for social engagement activities to pursue during Tea Time on days when you're not connecting with your Tea-Mate.
I understand that my registration for the Tea @ 3 community means that I have read, understand, and agree to the following. I am voluntarily providing personal information to For All Ages, Inc. and hereby give For All Ages, Inc., its officers, directors, agents, volunteers and employees (“For All Ages”) permission to share my contact and other information included in my application with my Tea-Mate. I assume all risks associated with joining this community including, but not limited to injury whether arising in contract, negligence or otherwise, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release For All Ages from any and all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this community program. I grant permission to For All Ages to use any photographs, videos, recordings, or any other record of this community for any legitimate purpose.
In addition, I understand that For All Ages has the right to decline my participation in this Community at its discretion for any reason it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, ensuring the safety of Community members and the integrity of the program.
We plan to mail welcome kits via USPS in mid September 2021.
That's okay! Tea has health benefits and we're providing you a month's supply of tea so that you can try it. But if you decide coffee - or water - is more your thing, that's perfectly fine. The idea is that you take a few minutes for yourself and call a friend or explore other ways to connect socially. And you can still refer to your matched friend as your Tea-Mate, because (s)he really is a teammate.
That's up to you! We're proposing that Community members enjoy tea 5 days a week, but that's not a requirement - it's simply a recommendation. The more often you do it, the more likely it'll become a habit - and the more health benefits you'll receive!
The more information you provide about your interests, the easier it is for us to find your Tea-Mate. Tell us about your interests, whether they be TV shows, sports, music, gardening, travel, reading. etc. Into country music? Cool! UConn basketball fan? Awesome! Tell us what you love and we'll do our best to find you a Tea-Mate with similar interests.
We are pairing Tea-Mates in early September 2021. We want to find you the right Tea-Mate, so please give us some time. We'll email you and your Tea-Mate together in September, introducing you to each other and sharing each other's first names and phone numbers.
That's okay! The idea is that you sit down to enjoy a cup of tea in the afternoon knowing that other members of the Tea @ 3 community are doing the same thing. And during your first conversation with your Tea-Mate, you both should agree on the most convenient day and time for your weekly call. It's okay if the conversations occur each week on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm or on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. Talking with your Tea-Mate each week is a key component of the Tea @ 3 community and so finding the time that works best for both of you is important.
That is entirely up to you and your Tea-Mate. We believe that a 15-20 minute conversation is an appropriate time to get to know and then catch up with your Tea-Mate each week. Of course, if you'd both like to talk for a longer period of time, that's great, too!
We do our best to connect a younger and older adult with similar interests. And we ask that you make a real attempt to make a new friend! That being said, if after 4 conversations it's not working out, simply contact us at Martie@forallages.org and we'll call you to talk through the situation.
You should exercise the same care over your privacy as you would in any other person-to-person interaction. Avoid giving any personally identifying information and remember that no Tea-Mate should ever ask for money, ID or credit card information. If (s)he does, please suspend communication and get in touch with us immediately at Martie@forallages.org.
If you live in or attend college in CT or at Amherst College in MA, we welcome you to join our fall 2021 Community!
We're excited to be including students from the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, and Amherst College in the fall 2021 community.
We are capping participation at 50 older adults and 50 younger adults.
The fall 2021 community will last for approx.12 weeks beginning in early September 2021 and continuing through December 2.
After that time, we'll reach out to you to see if you'd like to continue your community participation for another approximate 12-week period beginning in February 2022, and will thereafter offer you future multi-week sessions going forward.