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United Way of Pioneer Valley Hosts Grand Friends Day to Help Seniors Learn Technology

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

10am-11:30 am
Jewish Geriatrics Services
770 Converse Street, Longmeadow MA 01106

12:30pm-2:30 pm
South Hadley Council on Aging
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley MA 01075

Friday April 21st

9:30am-11:30 am
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.