Older adults can feel “left behind” in the digital era, but you can help them 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 develop new skills. DOROT provides orientation and training. No special expertise is required.
DOROT offers two program opportunities for volunteers to provide computer help. Both offer flexible scheduling.
One-on-One Technology Coaching
Teach an older adult to video chat, access resources and other valuable skills. Coaches are trained and matched with DOROT clients for this new program. It has been designed with best practices for teaching technology to older adults. Coaching sessions are held in clients’ homes on the Upper East and Upper West Sides of Manhattan.
Coaches work with a minimum of two clients, visiting each client for 3-4 sessions. Sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient times, ideally once per week. Coaches provide feedback to DOROT staff at regular intervals to help grow and improve this program.
Time Commitment: DOROT orientation, Tech Coaching Training and eight one-hour visits on a weekly basis over the course of 12 weeks.
Requirements: Valid US-government-issued photo ID, volunteer training; references and background check.
Volunteer Tech Tutors help clients address a range of hardware and software issues on an as needed basis. Volunteers sign up for visits when it is convenient and respond to requests that match their skills. Tech tutors are also invited to on-site group tutoring events at DOROT.
Time Commitment: Ten+ visits over the course of one year.
Requirements: Valid US government-issued photo ID, volunteer training, references and background check.