Rainbow Connections Volunteers Share Virtual Tea Amidst Pandemic
Rainbow Connections is a program that was implemented in Boulder last year to bring older LGBTQ members into contact with younger people who share their identity. The members usually have tea together in residents’ homes, but this was cut short with the stay-at-home order. Instead, two volunteers have taken to doing virtual tea to ensure that these members of the community do not become socially isolated.
“(Rainbow Connections) is insurance against becoming more isolated,” Neumann, a volunteer at Rainbow Connections, said. “It’s helpful in maintaining one’s mental health. You get older and your friends die. You naturally become more socially isolated and having another person who is willing to share a couple of hours a week is really important.”
Neumann has said that the phone and video calls are not exactly the same, but they’re all doing their best to keep up contact as often as possible.