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Ready to start volunteering? Here are the steps to becoming a Community Tech Network volunteer!
- Watch our Introduction to Volunteering video to find out how you can help people learn basic computer skills as a Community Tech Network Volunteer.
- Complete our online application.
- Attend our Basic Volunteer Training class and learn how to be a digital literacy tutor.
- Complete Background Check
- Community Tech Network will give you a volunteer position at one of our computer centers which best fits your skills, availability, location, and interests. Please commit to at least three months of service.
- Volunteer opportunities are in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX, primarily Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., as well as a few evening and weekend opportunities.
VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
COVID-19 has changed how Community Tech Network provides our service. Normally, volunteers are placed at a specific location in the community, but all those locations are currently closed. Public computer centers are utilized by many who don’t have access at home, so these closures have made it impossible for many people to have the access they need.
In response, we have created a program called Home Connect that will help low-income older adults get the home connectivity and digital skills needed to get online safely from their homes. We are working with the Department of Disability and Aging Services, and our senior center and housing partners to identify people in need. CTN staff will get the senior set-up with Internet, ship them a pre-configured tablet and provide basic digital training. CTN staff will then hand-off the learner to a volunteer trainer who will continue to provide online training.
Since relationships and consistency are important to adult learners, we request a minimum 3-month commitment and one 1-hour shift per week.
The most important skill is patience and compassion for those just learning to use a computer. We work with seniors, low-income adults, and other populations that place a high value on trust and relationships. Since many have limited social networks, class lessons can sometimes be more social than technical, so personal skills are important and valued! Basic understanding of PC/Windows computers and/or iOS devices is needed, and a willingness to use the Internet to find answers for things you don’t know!
Digital Device Requirements
A desktop/laptop with a webcam
A headset with a microphone, stable output and input
Stable Internet connection – 20Mbps (Ethernet recommended)
Ready to start volunteering? Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and we’ll be in touch!
THE FOLLOWING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19
Multiple Locations: SF Connected Computer Lab Tutor (multiple languages)
The SF Connected program serves older adults and adults with disabilities. As a computer lab tutor, you will work one-on-one with learners, providing instruction that responds to learners’ needs in real-time. This can include teaching basic skills such as using a mouse and keyboard, searching the Internet for information, communicating via social media such, using email and Skype, and creating documents such as resumes.
Many computer labs serve monolingual populations. We have frequent opportunities for tutors who are at least conversational in Spanish, Cantonese, Russian, and Tagalog. Our highest priority needs are listed below, but we have shifts available in many other areas of San Francisco as well:
- Bernal Heights (Spanish and/or Tagalog skills preferred)
- Mission (Spanish skills preferred)
FACES SF Neighborhood Access Points Computer Teaching Assistant/Tutor
In this basic-to-intermediate program, you will tutor adult learners on how to use Google Docs, use the internet safely, apply for jobs online, and other topics. Part of the time you will assist with an instructor in a classroom setting. Other weeks you will provide one-on-one tutoring in the computer lab. Location: Sunnydale/Visitacion Valley.
Senior Vitality Program iPad Tutor (Russian)
As a volunteer, you will work one-on-one with learners, teaching them the basics of using the iPad. You will meet with four learners per week, each for 30 minutes. This is a great opportunity to develop wonderful relationships with individuals in the program. Location: Civic Center.
Computer Teaching Assistant
Experienced volunteers may be able to be placed as assistants, translators, or instructors in classes of up to 12 learners in senior centers and affordable housing developments around the San Francisco Bay and Austin Areas. Curriculum is currently available in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Ready to start volunteering? Please complete the form below to apply! Someone will be in contact with you shortly with next steps.
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For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities contact firstname.lastname@example.org.