With COVID-19 restrictions limiting social gatherings and opportunities to connect with other people. So, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council (TVOC) and Polk County Public Health (PCPH) are collaborating to host virtual coffee & connection events twice a month.

Marley Melbye, Senior Programs Director for TVOC, said the collaboration aims to bring people together. “This idea came as a collaboration with Polk County Public Health and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council,” said Melbye. “Just thinking about the people that stuck at home and maybe missing the connectivity that is very limited right now. So, we kind of brainchild this idea to start doing a virtual coffee and connection to see if we can bring people together for some connectivity, socialization, see peoples faces, get together.”

Brenna Olson, Wellness Coordinator for PCPH, said they’d planned different activities for the virtual events through January. “We’re going to do the second and fourth Wednesday of every month,” said Olson. “So, we’ve got December and January planned out. On December 16, we’re going to do a Beat the Winter Blues with some trivia. December 23, we’re going to do some festivities, singing, and getting together for that. January 13, we’re going to do some bingo. January 27, it’s going to be a new year, but we’re going to do some cooking with an old recipe. Marley and I will be in the kitchen hanging out and cooking together.”

The virtual events are open to anyone interested.  “We’re kind of going with the more, the merrier,” said Melbye. “If you’re around the computer at the 10 a.m. time and want to jump in to join us, we welcome everyone.”

Those interested in attending should contact Olson at 218-277-0898.

Melbye encouraged everyone to join Olson and her for the virtual events, to grab a cup of coffee and join us as you are, where you are.

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