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Only7Seconds is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit addressinG loneliness by encouraging and empowering individuals & partners to connect with others who matter in their lives.

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Through community events, business partnerships, media production, speaking engagements, and other various campaigns and activities, we advocate for change by raising awareness of loneliness and the importance of intentional connection.

Advocacy & Awareness

A school and youth program that inspires intentional connection and encourages those that feel lonely. We equip teachers to create an environment where meaningful conversations take place and students learn skills to address loneliness and connect with others.

The connection curriculum

The Ambassador Program equips those who are passionate about starting conversations that matter by reminding them to intentionally connect with their people and inspire & activate their communities.

The ambassador program

By sharing stories, we remind people that they are not alone in the experiences they face and provide opportunities for connection. The I Know Lonely project shares personal stories of loneliness and connection through visual, audio and written content. 

The I know lonely project

what we do

At Only7Seconds, diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our DNA. Only7Seconds is a movement for all people. Loneliness does not discriminate and neither do we. We seek to inspire intentional connection with people of all ages, accessibilities, disabilities, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, backgrounds, creeds or religions. To end loneliness, every single person must have a sense of belonging and significance. 

we value:

Because you matter.

empowerment

Recognizing the dignity of each person and the innate value they bring through their beliefs, culture, heritage, and abilities.

Respect

courage

EXCELLENCE

joy

courage

Encouraging the authority of each person to recognize and take ownership for sharing their talents and strengths.

empowerment

Respect

EXCELLENCE

joy

Demonstrating a readiness to face the challenges and speak the truth needed to show support and inspire hope

courage

empowerment

Respect

joy

joy

Living contagiously above reproach.

EXCELLENCE

courage

Respect

empowerment

EXCELLENCE

joy

Engaging with people and places that encourage gratitude.

courage

Respect

empowerment

EXCELLENCE

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“The work Luke and Only7Seconds are doing to address the loneliness epidemic is so important, as loneliness is only getting worse with each generation. Very excited to partner with Only7Seconds and address this problem together!”
— David Siegel, CEO of Meetup

our 2021 impact

50k

Intentional connections from our programming, resources, and products

Organic website views from Jan 2021 to Dec 2021 

50

States interacting with our mission

31K

“The work Luke and Only7Seconds are doing to address the loneliness epidemic is so important, as loneliness is only getting worse with each generation. Very excited to partner with Only7Seconds and address this problem together!”
— David Siegel, CEO of Meetup

view our 2021 impact report >

3K

Students and staff in school pilot program

8K

T-shirts, yard signs, hope notes, wristbands, and care packages given away in 2021

Executive Director

Director of Programs

School & Youth Program Manager

meet our team

luke wall

denise waters

Marcia Mullett

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Content & Communications Intern

Mario gonzalez

meet our board

Donna Lindsay

Kristin Wall

Sheila Hodges

Wendy Bowman

Vincent POwell

Jay kalka

Kerry Mcghie

BOARD CHAIR
Development Director at Special Olympics Washington



BOARD VICE CHAIR
Founder of Pura Vida Foundation


BOARD SECRETARY
Only7Seconds Founder
& Nonprofit Leader



BOARD TREASURER
Accountant and Bookkeeper

BOARD MEMBER
Multimedia Director & Producer

BOARD MEMBER
Business Owner & Real Estate Agent

BOARD MEMBER
Business Executive

Our story so far...

In 2018, Ethan Wall was unexpectedly bedridden with a sickness for nearly a month. During that time, friends and family didn’t reach out and check in on him. It led to loneliness and then depression. After a few weeks, his mom Kristin asked “How long does it take to send the text: ‘I care about you.’ or ‘How are you doing?’? How long does it take to dial a phone number and hit send?”

Years of working with youth in a separate non-profit, Kristin recognized the pain of loneliness through life experiences of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and suicide. Recognizing how seven seconds of intentionality could make a difference was the beginning of Only7Seconds. A simple text, smile, handwritten note, a t-shirt, a sign, or a post-it note are ordinary acts that make an extraordinary difference.

From there, Only7Seconds began working with individuals to encourage them to reach out and let people know they mattered. Community partners and schools began to support the message of Only7Seconds and increase awareness of loneliness and the simplicity of making connections. In 2020, COVID-19 hit the entire world. Isolation, mandatory lock-downs and social distancing pushed loneliness further into the public conversation. Multiple youth suicides in Washington State, where Only7Seconds is located, emphasized the urgent and crucial need for conversation around loneliness and connection.

Only7Seconds rapidly grew into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Chelan, Washington with a vision of a world without loneliness. We do this through multiple programs and initiatives around the world. 


Photo: Kristin Wall and her son, Ethan

Luke has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Whitworth University and Master’s in business from West Texas A&M University. After working in the corporate world, he transitioned to Special Olympics, where he saw firsthand the effects of social isolation in the intellectual disability community, especially during COVID. Luke has worked with nonprofit organizations for over a decade, with experience in management, program development, fundraising, finance, and partnership development. He joined Only7Seconds in January of 2021 as the Executive Director.



meet luke wall

executive director

Denise Waters is an experienced educator who has served students in urban, rural and suburban locations. As a building and district leader for the past decade, her expertise lies in building relationships that enhance social emotional learning. Prior to her career in education, Denise worked as a marketing and communications professional in both high tech and retail industries. Denise brings a passion for the work of ending loneliness as well as a skillset that ensures detailed operational acumen. 




meet Denise Waters

School & Youth Program Manager

Coming from a broad range of creative backgrounds, Marcia has always felt drawn to work in the nonprofit sphere. She primarily works in the day-to-day operations of Only7Seconds. Marcia joined the team in Spring 2020 after seeing the growing need for our message during the start of the pandemic. Whether she is designing materials, processing merchandise, managing social media channels, or overseeing program growth, there’s always a running task list and that is where she is the happiest. When she’s not working on the next thing on her list, you’ll find her pouring lattes at a local roastery, adding to her podcast cue, or cooking up her latest food obsession in the kitchen.


Meet marcia mullett

Director of programs

Mario is a Lake Chelan High School graduate, currently attending Whitworth University pursuing a degree in Communications. Mario is a freelance photographer and videographer. He has been volunteering with Only7seconds since the fall of 2020. He enjoys being behind the camera but isn’t afraid to hop in front when needed. Art is his passion. Whether it’s snapping a photo or listening to a melody, this is where he is happiest.



Meet Mario gonzalez

content & communications intern

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