2020 — A YEAR OF CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY
We encourage you to read our perspective on an extraordinary year and our preparations for 2021. Every aspect of our lives was affected in 2020, whether at home, at work, in school, or in play. Though the road was not always smooth, we are proud of how Community Tech Network survived and even thrived throughout this most difficult year.
NETGEAR DONATES HOTSPOTS TO CTN’S HOME CONNECT PROGRAM
Recently, CTN received a donation of 50 Netgear hotspots, along with reduced-cost internet access enabled by AT&T. These donations will help CTN staff decrease response time for internet access and training to isolated older adults impacted by COVID-19. Read more on how our partners are supporting our Home Connect program.
CTN RECRUITS DIGITAL COACHES FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
Platforms such as VolunteerMatch have broadened our outreach and have produced additional 54 digital coaches recruited from nine states. Learn more details and see a map of the states.
ONLINE ACTIVITY CALENDAR AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS ON OUR WEBSITE
CTN has developed an Online Activity Calendar as an additional resource for older adults to identify and easily access new websites. Staff trainers and digital coaches incorporate many online resources into their training. Check out this helpful resource.
CTN LEARNER SPOTLIGHTS
David Turner – “I have a bit of a deficit due to my stroke, so it was really helpful to have my wife with me in the class. She took notes for me, helped me with the keyboard as I couldn’t type. I still managed the class. By the end of the last lesson, I was able to do very well and grasp everything because Jannell was such a good teacher.” Read David’s story here.
Baofei Miao – Baofei had an iPad and a smartphone, yet both of these devices were obsolete and difficult to use. This situation is common for many older adults who receive “hand-me-downs” when the younger generation family members upgrade their devices. Read how Baofei’s life changed with the Home Connect program.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: CRYSTAL WHY
Crystal’s life has been grounded by connecting with others through theater and the performing arts. When she experienced a major lifestyle change because of an extended surgical recovery and the pandemic’s social isolation mandates, she realized how much she craved human contact. That’s when she became a Home Connect digital coach.
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: STEPHEN MINOR
Stephen Minor’s path to his current position as senior program manager with CTN followed a long and winding road. His journey took him from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to San Francisco via Ecuador, with a few stops in between. Follow along on Stephen’s journey as he gained invaluable knowledge and experience along the way.