Ensuring that older adults can cross the digital divide has never been more important. As a tech volunteer, you will support and guide late tech adopters 1:1 as they learn how to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, access information and learn tech skills. The ideal volunteer is patient, comfortable with computers, tablets and/or smartphones, and enthusiastic about helping older people. DOROT provides orientation and training. No special expertise is required.
All visits are currently taking place over the phone or Zoom. Once COVID-19 distancing protocols are lifted, home visits will also resume. Visits focus on learning the basics of common technology devices or applications, such as Zoom, FaceTime, email, text or downloading and installing apps. Volunteers can assist with a smart phones, tablets or computers. Older adults who are already tech users can request help on specific tech questions, for example, organizing files and emails, or starting a social media account. You and your match can meet for a one-time session, or multiple visits depending on learning needs and schedules. DOROT's Technology guides are available for selected topics.
Time Commitment: DOROT orientation, Tech Coaching Training and 2-3 hours per week over a 3-month period. You can renew your commitment as often as you wish.
Requirements: Valid US-government-issued photo ID, volunteer training; references and background check.
DOROT’s Tech Coaching program is generously funded by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.