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SeniorNet Adds Two New Members to Its Board of Directors, April 2010 PDF Email

John F. Deeds and Paul DelPonte to Bring Key Finance and Executive Experience to Board of Nonprofit Dedicated to Technology Access and Education for Seniors


 

John F. “Jack” Deeds, treasurer and chief financial officer of Search for Common Ground, is an expert in finance, technology, and leading change in nonprofit organizations. With a finance and technology career stretching more than two decades, Deeds was named 2008 CFO of the Year by the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Paul DelPonte serves as executive director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the successful senior lobby. A graduate of Catholic University, DelPonte’s career has spanned politics, nonprofit organizations, corporate consulting and business development, including six years as the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for the Alliance for Aging Research. DelPonte has also served as an advisor to several leading foundations including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

 

“Jack and Paul both bring a commitment to senior issues and are respective leaders in their areas of nonprofit management, technology and finance,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman. “It is a pleasure to have both of them join our board.”

 

About SeniorNet


SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Herndon, Virginia and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a national nonprofit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website. With a thriving online community and a network of nearly 75 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

 

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SeniorNet
Michele M. Williams, +1-571-203-7100
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Collaborative Announces Grand Opening of Native American Achievement Center PDF Email
IBM, SeniorNet, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.  Department of the Interior, USDA Rural Development and   Tri-District/Chester Adult Education Bring Technology Access and  Education to Catawba Indian Nation 
 
Collaborative Announces Grand Opening of Native American Achievement Center
 
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA, September 12, 2008Continuing its charter to bring technology access and education to rural and low-income Native American reservations, a collaborative partnership sponsored by IBM and including SeniorNet,  the Native American  Chamber of Commerce (NACC), the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy  and Economic Development (IEED), USDA Rural Development and Tri-District/Chester  Adult Education today announced it will open an Achievement Center at the Catawba Indian  Nation.   

This Achievement Center will bring free computer access and classes to Catawba reservation residents of all ages and is part of a multi-year, grant-based initiative sponsored by IBM Corporation that is designed to bring technology to remote, underserved Indian reservations whose residents may not be included in the global ‘Information Age.’

As the fifth and final
IBM-sponsored Achievement Center to be opened by this collaborative over a three-year period, the grand opening of this center for the Catawba Indian Nation will be held on September 12, 2008 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
 
The agenda for the grand opening events is as follows:
 
Catawba Indian Nation Technology Achievement Center Grand Opening
 
996 Avenue of the Nations
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
 
Friday, September 12, 2008
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT        Grand Opening and Welcome Speeches in Round Room
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                  Refreshments and Tour of Achievement Center
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                  Community Unity Celebration
 
“We are thankful for the USDA Rural Development grant as well as the donations from TriDistrict/Chester Adult Education, IBM and SeniorNet that are making this computer lab  possible,” said Catawba Indian Nation Chief Donald Rodgers. “This provides such a wonderful opportunity to help our tribal members increase their skills.”
 
The Achievement Center will also offer Internet access and specific curriculum for the development of necessary workforce skills.
 
“This initiative has truly pioneered the delivery of technology, economic access and education to rural and low-income Native American communities across the nation,” said Leslie M. Smith, IBM business development executive and SeniorNet board chairman. “We are very pleased to open the fifth Achievement Center and to realize the positive impact that these centers are having on the lives of Native Americans.”
 
This collaborative opened its first Achievement Center at the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana in September 2006. Since then, the collaborative has opened additional Achievement Centers at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota, at the Tigua Tribe in Ysleta del sur Pueblo, Texas, and at the Houlton Band of Maliseet in Houlton, Maine.
 
“SeniorNet is honored to bring its 22 years of computer training experience to this initiative,.thereby empowering residents on remote Native American reservations with the benefits of technology,” said Kristin M. Fabos, SeniorNet executive director. “With the opening of these five Achievement Centers we have made great strides in bridging the Digital Divide, while also extending our mission to include the underserved population of America. SeniorNet is extremely grateful to IBM for their ongoing, generous support.”
 
"The Catawba Indian Nation Achievement Center is a gift that will empower tribal members to compete in the global economy, linking their history and culture with peoples and markets worldwide," said Jack R. Stevens, Chief of the Division of Economic Development, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, U.S. Department of the Interior. "It will enrich lives and develop job skills."

 In addition to SeniorNet computer training including introductory to advanced courses, the
Achievement Center will serve as an education center for the Catawba community.
 
About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 90 years of leadership.in helping businesses innovate. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.
 
About SeniorNet
Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international non-profit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of adults age 50+ to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website, www.seniornet.org. With a thriving online community and a network of nearly 150 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission. SeniorNet headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.
 
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IBM and SeniorNet Bring Technology to Rural, Low Income Native American Reservations PDF Email

Grand Opening of Fourth Native American Achievement Center to Take Place on April 24th, 2008 at Houlton Band of Maliseet in Maine 

HOULTON
, ME
, April 15, 2008Together, SeniorNet, the world’s leading technology educator of older adults, and IBM Corporation are set to bring technology access and education to the fourth rural Native American reservation in the United States. On
April 24th, 2008, SeniorNet and IBM will conduct the grand opening of the Maliseet Technology Achievement Center at the Houlton Band of Maliseet in Houlton, Maine.
 

This grand opening is part of the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative’ sponsored by
IBM, led by SeniorNet, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) and the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC).
 Members of the community and media are invited to attend.
 
The agenda for the grand opening events is as follows:

Houlton Band of Maliseet Technology Achievement Center Grand Opening
Maliseet Recreation Center - 568 Foxcroft Road, Houlton, Maine
Thursday, April 24th, 20081:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Grand Opening and Welcome Speeches
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Refreshments and Tour of Achievement Center

 
‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ is a grant-based initiative designed to bring computer access and education to five low-income and remote Native American reservations across the United States in an ongoing effort to bridge the ‘Digital Divide.’ ”We appreciate having been chosen as one of the five tribal communities selected to develop this center,” said Brenda Commander, tribal chief, Houlton Band of Maliseet. “This is a great opportunity for our members to have access to state-of-the-art computer equipment and training. Members of all ages will benefit by acquiring the technical skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. I would like to thank all the project partners for their outstanding efforts.” 

The
Maliseet Achievement Center opening on April 24
th will offer computer and Internet access, education and training for reservation residents of all ages. The Maliseet Achievement Center will also feature a special program to educate the Maliseet tribal elders, most of whom have never used a computer, on computer skills and applications.
 “The ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ initiative has broken new ground in bringing technology to rural and low-income Native American communities, including the Blackfeet Nation, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Tigua Tribe at Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, and now also the Houlton Band of Maliseet,” said Leslie M. Smith, IBM business development executive and SeniorNet board chairman. “We are very pleased by the successes each tribe is experiencing with their new technology achievement centers, and SeniorNet is honored to work with IBM and other partner organizations on such a worthwhile and pioneering initiative.”

 
The first Technology Achievement Center was opened at the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana in September 2006. Since then, the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ collaborative has opened additional Technology Achievement Centers at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota and at the Tigua Tribe in Ysleta del sur Pueblo, Texas. 

 
“Through ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity,’ SeniorNet has extended its mission of bringing computer access and education to older adults to also include underserved populations,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet chief operating officer. “These Technology Achievement Centers will not only serve the needs of seniors, but will bring the empowerment of computer literacy to all on the reservation. SeniorNet is extremely grateful to IBM for their generous support.”

 
In addition to computer training ranging from introductory to advanced courses, the Achievement Center will serve as an education center for the Maliseet community, offering classes on topics such as Family History and Genealogy, Health, Language Training, Work Skills, and Tutoring, as well as a host of life skills and enrichment curriculum. 

About
IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 90 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

 
About SeniorNet
Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international non-profit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of adults age 50+ to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website, www.seniornet.org. With a thriving online community and a network of more than 130 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission. SeniorNet headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.
 

For more information, contact:
Kristin Fabos
SeniorNet
900 Layette Street, Suite 604
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: 408-615-0699
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SeniorNet & H.R.C. Foundation Bring Seniors in Chula Vista Across Digital Divide PDF Email


SENIORNET AND THE H.R.C. FOUNDATION BRING SENIORS IN CHULA VISTA ACROSS THE ‘DIGITAL DIVIDE’ WITH FREE COMPUTER ACCESS AND INSTRUCTION


Grand Opening of the SeniorNet Computer Learning Center at MAAC Project’s ‘Seniors on Broadway’ Affordable Housing Development to Take Place June 17th


SANTA CLARA, CA – June 11, 2008 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, with funding from the H.R.C. Foundation and in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) Project, a multi-purpose social service agency that promotes self-sufficiency for low and moderate income families and communities of Southern California, today announces it will open a new SeniorNet Computer Learning Center to bring free computer access and education to low-income, Latino seniors in Chula Vista, California.

The Grand Opening event and Open House will take place on June 17th, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MAAC Project ‘Seniors On Broadway’ affordable housing community, at 845 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911. All press and community members are invited to attend.

The opening of this scholarship-based SeniorNet Learning Center is part of a three-year grant from the H.R.C. Foundation to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ by bringing the life-changing benefits of computer access and education to seniors of all backgrounds and ethnicities that are living in urban, underserved communities across the U.S. The H.R.C. Foundation is a private family foundation that funds programs for low-income children and families as well as older adults.

“We were very pleased to award SeniorNet with this grant,” said Mary Leonard, consultant, H.R.C. Foundation. “Low-income seniors are victims of the ‘Digital Divide,’ which widens in communities where English is a second language. We’ve experienced successes with the scholarship-based, SeniorNet Learning Centers we’ve opened in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, and we’re especially pleased to provide this service to a Spanish-speaking community of older adults in Chula Vista, California.”

“SeniorNet is grateful to the H.R.C. Foundation and is proud to partner with the MAAC Project to bring technology into the lives of seniors living in the Chula Vista community,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet Executive Director. “The MAAC Project ‘Seniors on Broadway’ location is a state-of-the-art, affordable housing facility that is a natural fit for a SeniorNet Computer Learning Center, which will provide seniors living on a fixed income with free computer instruction in both English and Spanish.”

The ‘Seniors on Broadway’ affordable housing development in Chula Vista was opened in July and built on surplus Chula Vista school district property. ‘Seniors on Broadway’ provides 42 affordable apartments for older adults. In addition to computer access and education at the SeniorNet Computer Learning Center, the development offers seniors the opportunity to be involved in an intergenerational learning program with the students at the Chula Vista Elementary Charter School, located next door.

“The ‘Seniors on Broadway’ affordable housing facility is a cooperative effort between the MAAC Project, the city of Chula Vista, and the Chula Vista Elementary School District that not only provides essential services for seniors, but also aids in the redevelopment of the Chula Vista community,” said Vicky Rodriguez, MAAC Project Director of Community Development. “We are grateful to SeniorNet and to the H.R.C. Foundation for their partnership with us to bring the added benefit of computer access and instruction to our residents as well as older adults in the surrounding Chula Vista community.”

The scholarship-based computer lab at Seniors on Broadway in Chula Vista, California is the third of three such computer learning centers that SeniorNet has opened as part of a three-year H.R.C. Foundation grant. The first two scholarship-based SeniorNet learning centers of this grant were opened in Washington, D.C. at Emmaus Services for the Aging’s Dr. Arthur S. Fleming Senior Center, and in New Orleans, at the Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation (EOC) Senior Center.

About the MAAC Project

The MAAC Project is a multi-purpose social service agency with a successful 42-year history of serving various communities throughout San Diego County. In 1965, MAAC Project opened its doors to serve San Diego's disadvantaged. One million clients later, MAAC is still acting as a catalyst to help individuals and families become self-sufficient. MAAC provides a spectrum of unique programs designed to assist clients by engaging them in the enhancement of their own lives through lifestyle changes. The programs strive to improve clients’ economic standing as well as their ability to access resources available to them.

MAAC serves over 35,000 individuals per year and over the past 42 years has touched the lives of over 1,000,000 clients. Employing over 300 personnel, MAAC staffs 35 sites bringing to its constituents empowering social services, health components, a state-of-the-art charter school, technology centers, economic development, affordable housing…all of which build community. MAAC serves San Diego County families through HeadStart/FirstStart, nutritional programs, low-income home weatherization and improvement, two notable and culturally specific recovery homes, award winning affordable housing complexes and a charter school.

About SeniorNet
SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Santa Clara, California and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international nonprofit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website. With a thriving online community and a network of nearly 150 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 4,000 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

For Additional Information or to RSVP to the Grand Opening, contact:

Kristin Fabos
SeniorNet
(408) 615-0699
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Adolfo Ventura
MAAC Project
(619) 454-0557
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SeniorNet & H.R.C. Foundation Bring Free Computer Access & Education to Low-Income Seniors, Jan 2008 PDF Email

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENIORNET AND THE H.R.C. FOUNDATION BRING FREE COMPUTER ACCESS AND EDUCATION TO LOW-INCOME SENIORS IN NEW ORLEANS

SeniorNet, the H.R.C. Foundation and the New Orleans Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation Senior Center Announce Scholarship-Based Computer Learning Center to Hold their Grand Opening on January 25th

SANTA CLARA, CA – January 24, 2008 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, in partnership with the H.R.C. Foundation and the New Orleans Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation (EOC) Senior Center, today announces it will open a new SeniorNet Computer Learning Center on January 25th to bring free computer access and education to low-income seniors in the New Orleans metro area. The opening of this scholarship-based SeniorNet Learning Center is part of a three-year grant from the H.R.C. Foundation to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ by bringing the life-changing benefits of computer access and education to low-income seniors across the nation.

The Grand Opening event and Open House will take place on January 25th, 2008 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Central City EOC Senior Center, at 2101 Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70113. Press and members of the community are invited to attend.
The H.R.C. Foundation is a private family foundation that funds programs for low-income children and families as well as older adults.

“We were very pleased to award SeniorNet with a grant to bring free computer access and education to low-income seniors in underserved communities throughout the country,” said Mary Leonard, consultant, H.R.C. Foundation. “When we opened the scholarship-based Learning Center at Emmaus Services for the Aging in Washington, D.C., we witnessed firsthand how computer education and online access can change an older adult’s life for the better. We’re especially thrilled to provide this service to older adults in the New Orleans Community.”

Funded through the New Orleans Council on Aging, Mayor of the City of New Orleans through the Office of Recovery and Development Administration, Central City EOC Senior Center exists to serve the needs of the elderly who reside within the Central City Community and provides centralized supportive services to help seniors maintain independence, dignity, and an acceptable quality of life.

“Central City EOC Senior Center offers a wide array of free programs and services to older adults 60 and over, however our computer lab had become so outdated that it was barely usable,” said Tresa J. Morgan, Center Supervisor, Central City EOC Senior Center. “We are extremely grateful to SeniorNet and the H.R.C. Foundation for this grant that provided state-of-the art computers, proven curriculum designed specifically for seniors, and a professional ‘train the trainers’ program for our volunteer instructors; it has completely revitalized our Computer Training program and will enable us to train the hundreds of seniors we currently serve, on computer technology and the Internet.”

“For 22 years, SeniorNet has empowered older adults with computer access and education, however in this digital economy, low-income older adults are still being left behind,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet Executive Director. “SeniorNet is extremely grateful to the H.R.C. Foundation for this grant and is proud to work with Central City EOC Senior Center to contribute such an essential service to the continued rebuilding of the New Orleans community.”

The scholarship-based computer lab at New Orleans, Central City EOC Senior Center is the second of three such computer centers that SeniorNet will open, as part of a three-year H.R.C. Foundation grant.

About the New Orleans Central City EOC Senior Center
Founded in 1965 as one of the six neighborhood centers of Total Community Action, Inc, and incorporated in 1968, CCEOC for three decades has operated the Central City Neighborhood Center and provided programs and services for low income and disadvantaged individuals and families to ease the social and economic conditions that perpetuate poverty. CCEOC has years of experience and leadership in the Central City Community. The organization currently sponsors and manages several community programs, including a Head Start Center for 3 to 5 year-olds; a senior center for persons 60 years and over (55 and over if handicapped); a USDA commodity distribution program; and an economic development initiative. The Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation is governed by a board of 15 directors. An executive and deputy director provides day-to-day management. The corporation has a staff of 28 full-time and part-time employees. The current President is Wali Abdel-Ra'oof, and the Executive Director is Priscilla Edwards.

About SeniorNet
SeniorNet (
www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Santa Clara, California and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international nonprofit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website. With a thriving online community and a network of more than 200 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 5,000 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

For additional information or to RSVP to the Grand Opening, contact:

Kristin Fabos
SeniorNet
(408) 615-0699
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tresa Morgan
Central City EOC Senior Center
2101 Philip Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 524-7463
 
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