Category: Someone to talk to/Social Connection

Start here to find someone to talk to
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

Having someone to talk to, whether it’s simply to talk about the weather, a tasty recipe or thoughts that have been weighing on you, connecting with someone can help. The power of human connection is just a phone call away.

Your community is here for you and ready to connect.

Option 1.
Reach out to your support network. Remember, your family, friends, or neighbors can be a good source of support.

Option 2.
Call the Leaven Warmline to connect with a trained volunteer who wants to listen to what you are going through at 920-931-2572

Option 3.
Call Volunteer Fox Cities to get connected with a volunteer Phone Pal based on how often you want to talk at 920-832-9360.

Option 4.
Call United Way’s 2-1-1 for access to health and human services. Dial 2-1-1. Free, Confidential, Available 24/7/365. Click here for more information.


Though our offices are closed to the public, services are available by calling the numbers listed.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

During the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley is continuing to provide a diverse array of services.

Center for Suicide Awareness

The Center for Suicide Awareness is a non-profit organization that offers support groups for all ages of those who have lost a loved one to suicide, those who have attempted suicide, and for family members. We offer presentations for schools in helping students cope and know warning signs of suicide. We also offer training for educators, healthcare professionals, police, the video gaming community and others.

Diverse & Resilient's Room to Be Safe LGBTQ Anti-Violence Program

Diverse & Resilient’s Room to Be Safe LGBTQ Anti-Violence Program provides free, confidential emotional support, intimate partner violence and sexual assault advocacy services, safety planning in an unsafe environment, and connection to resources and community to youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ+.

Family Caregiver Support Group
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

Could you use some extra encouragement and understanding on your journey caring for a loved one? Join us and start getting extra support now! We will be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Mosaic Family Health located at 229 South Morrison St., Appleton, WI 54911. Parking is free for attendees in the Mosaic parking lot located directly in front of the building. All caregivers are welcome.

Fox Valley Memory Project

We have networking opportunities, virtual Memory Cafés, and other resources.

Menasha Senior Center
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

We have a couple outreach and engagement opportunities for older adults in Menasha and surrounding areas. Give us a phone call or check out our website, Chatter, or Facebook page for more information on the types of programs and activities.

Rural Health Initiative

During these hard times, many don’t understand or know about resources for farmers. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to that understands the lifestyle, the financial difficulties, and the stress that goes with the uncertainty. I have worked with farmers for the past 16 years bringing health screenings to the farm. I grew up a dairy farmer and saw my parents lose their farm in the 80’s, so I’ve lived it. I can’t fix the crisis but I can listen. I can give suggestions that may help and help you make a plan moving forward. I’m here as a listening ear and friend – without judgement.

Additionally, we provide preventative health screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure. Call to schedule an in home health screening at 715-524-1488.

Shepherd's Care Community Outreach
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

Phone Care calls to Home-bound and Long Term Care Facility Residents to listen, encourage and (Scripture Reading & Prayer if requested).
Hand written encouragement notes to Home-bound and Long Term Care Facilities Residents.
Windows of Prayer….Scripture Reading and Prayer at screened door or windows of Home-bound and Long Term Care Facilities Residents.

Thompson Center on Lourdes
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

The Thompson Center on Lourdes is dedicated to the mental, physical and emotional well being of older adults. Although we are currently closed we are available for check-in calls. We’re looking into ways to create virtual programming in the areas of wellness, education and social.

UW-Extension WN County Health and Well-Being and Human Development & Relationships
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

Educational resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension including:

Online stress management classes (*coming soon)
Parenting Education
Stress Management and Mental Health Resources
Food Safety Information
Financial Education
Opportunities to join community support groups with a focus of navigating during this time

Volunteer Fox Cities
Calumet County / Outagamie County / Northern Winnebago County

Option 3.

Phone Pals is a confidential telephone outreach program that is safe and easy to join, giving those home alone the warm, human contact they crave for social support. Phone Pals is staffed by vetted volunteers with a listening ear and a warm chat, ready to share a laugh and a story. Volunteers are trained to respect your privacy and we do our best to match like interests to develop a human connection. To get connected with a waiting volunteer, call 920-832-9360, Mon.-Fri. or visit to sign up.