Seniors and aging Boomers give the gift of time to fill
technology void for nonprofit organizations nationwide
an effort to fill one of the greatest needs among America's
nonprofit organizations, SeniorNet, the leading provider of
technology education for older adults, today announced its
Retired Technology Volunteers (RTV) program, made possible
by funding from Senior Corps and The UPS Foundation.
program was created to bring adults age 50 and older with
technology skills, together with nonprofit organizations
that can benefit from their IT expertise.
The goal of the
program is to recruit volunteers aged 50+ who can give the
gifts of their time and their talent to expand the
capabilities of nonprofit organizations through the use of
technology. Today SeniorNet has registered over 300 RTVs and
hopes to register 10 times that number in 2006.
demonstrates that nonprofit organizations often lack the
technical expertise and staff resources to meet their
goals," said Kristin Fabos, Executive Director of SeniorNet.
"Today's over-50 generation is becoming increasingly
tech-savvy -- the RTV program encourages retirees to apply
their high-tech skills in a nonprofit organization they care
about, thereby filling a significant need in the community."
interested in the SeniorNet RTV program can learn more on
SeniorNet's website at
For older adults with applicable technology skills who are
seeking a volunteer opportunity at a nonprofit organization,
the SeniorNet website offers ways to make that connection
and put one's technology talents to work. The website
features an easy, five-step guide to finding a volunteer
placement, including a free, volunteer self-assessment form.
In addition, SeniorNet has partnered with VolunteerMatch.org
to provide a database of technology volunteer opportunities
searchable by zip code. Individuals also have access to
'virtual' technology volunteer opportunities that can be
done from home.
John Grimaldi, a registered 'RTV' who volunteers with the
police department in Burnsville, MN says: "Since retiring
from my career in high-tech imaging, I've working as a
volunteer to build a pre-emergency planning database. I
collect critical data (aerial photographs, detailed
descriptions, contact info) about key city locations such as
schools and industrial plants. Then I upload it all to a
private website where Burnsville police and fire department
personnel can access it in an emergency, such as a chemical
spill, hostage situation, or terrorist attack. That way they
don't have to scramble to find out the number of floors in a
building, or find out too late that a company has two large
propane tanks in its warehouse."
retirees who have significant technology experience and are
interested in becoming RTVs but are not sure they have the
skills to expand the technology capabilities of a nonprofit
organization, SeniorNet provides free, downloadable training
resources on its website. These "Quick-Start" training
guides cover topics such as creating a website, desktop
publishing with templates, finding funding sources,
PowerPoint templates, and how to inventory, document and
upgrade computer systems.
"Quick Start" training guides and step-by-step courses
designed to help adults 50+ learn skills for their volunteer
work are also offered at select SeniorNet Computer Learning
Centers throughout the United States.
find out more about the SeniorNet Retired Technology
Volunteer (RTV) Program or to join, please visit
or call 1-800-747-6848.
Senior Corps connects today's over 55s with the people and
organizations that need them most. We help them become
mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or
contribute their job skills and expertise to community
projects and organizations. Senior Corps is a program of the
Corporation for National and Community Service, an
independent federal agency created to connect Americans of
all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to
their communities and their nation through three programs:
Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.
Together with USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working
to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and
responsibility in America. For more information, visit
The UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation
identifies specific areas where its support will clearly
impact social issues. The UPS Foundation's major initiatives
currently include programs that support increased global
volunteerism, literacy and hunger relief. In 2004, The UPS
Foundation donated more than US$39.9 million to charitable
For more information about The UPS Foundation and UPS's
community involvement, visit
is the world's premier technology trainer and online
community for adults over 50. Based in Santa Clara and
founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a major international
nonprofit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands
of older adults to use computers and the Internet and has
enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning
website. With a thriving online community and a network of
more than 240 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and
abroad staffed by more than 6,000 volunteers, SeniorNet
offers both offline and online destinations to a population
that was originally neglected in the information revolution.
With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations,
private and public donations, and a backbone of individual
members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and
offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.