By Dawn Leaks
April 10, 2017 – Pioneer Valley — Wednesday April 19 – Friday April 21, United Way of Pioneer Valley will partner with senior centers across Western Massachusetts to host Grand Friends Day, an intergenerational event matching senior citizens with teen volunteers that will help them learn and navigate new technologies. During this inaugural event, nine senior centers will open their doors to teen volunteers as they teach seniors valuable skills including managing email accounts, video chatting and maintaining social media accounts.
“In an age where technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our lives, the senior population is falling behind on this trend,” said Jennifer Kinsman, United Way Director of Community Impact. “Through Grand Friends Day, United Way aims to get seniors more involved and comfortable with technology.”
The United Way recruited volunteers from Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, church groups, and Key Clubs for this event with the goal of empowering kids and teens to make positive change in their communities.
Grand Friends Day is sponsored by The Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The schedule for Grand Friends Day is as follows:
Wednesday April 19th
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
110 Cherry St, Holyoke MA 01040
Thursday April 20th
Jewish Geriatrics Services
770 Converse Street, Longmeadow MA 01106
South Hadley Council on Aging
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA 01075
Friday April 21st
Southwick Council on Aging
454 College Highway, Southwick MA 01077
East Longmeadow Council on Aging
328 North Main Street, East Longmeadow MA 01028
West Springfield Council on Aging
128 Park Street, West Springfield MA 01089
Springfield Senior Computer Learning Center
1600 East Columbus Ave, Springfield MA 01103
About United Way of Pioneer ValleyUnited Way of Pioneer Valley fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community by finding new solutions to old problems, mobilizing the best resources and inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crises.