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Spotlight on Service: Volunteer Harriet and the Senior Center Computer Team

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Volunteer Harriet and the Senior Center Computer Team
“I want to help seniors become computer literate”, says Harriet, who has been teaching computer classes at the Senior Center since 2002. Earlier, she taught computer at the MLK Center and volunteered with HICAP -- Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy.

This is the 21st Century, so most adults now communicate and learn through the magic of the Internet.  For those who haven’t ventured online, Harriet and her team of instructors and coaches assist Baby boomers and their parents to learn how to set up e-mail accounts, send and receive messages, download photos and forms, search the Internet, make travel arrangements, use Google maps and get directions – in a comfortable, hands-on learning experience.  Harriet leads an impressive team of retired technology volunteers at the San Mateo Senior Center, who teaches introductory computer courses and hosts a monthly Computer Club.

Thank you, Harriet, for sharing your professional and leadership skills with the San Mateo community.

Volunteers  for Senior Center Computer Classes
A growing number of retired technology professionals volunteer at the San Mateo Senior Center as instructors and coaches for seniors who are interested in learning or improving their computer skills.  The teaching team offers hands-on introductory computer courses, hosts a free monthly Computer Club, and maintains a blog.  These senior “geeks” learn from one another, teach, develop friendships and help identify computer-related advancements for the San Mateo Senior Center.  Most recently, the team successfully petitioned for free WIFI in order to support the growing demand for network connectivity for smart phones, laptop computers, iPod Touch, iPad and other mobile devices, such as eBook readers.

The San Mateo Senior Center Computer Club meets on the first Monday of the month, at 2pm. NO FEE.  All are welcome.  Topics vary.  See the website at

Thank you, computer volunteers for helping San Mateo seniors get online, learn how to navigate the Internet and play with new technology toys.

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