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SeniorNet Chairman's Awards, 2007 PDF Email
July 10, 2007

SeniorNet's mission of providing older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enrich their lives and enable them to contribute to others could not be achieved without the volunteers in our Learning Centers and our online community. The work accomplished in the centers and online has made SeniorNet the world-class organization that it is.

To recognize and honor exceptional learning centers and innovative online initiatives, SeniorNet is pleased to announce the two Chairman’s Award recipients for 2007. These two groups of outstanding awardees reflect the outstanding caliber of all of the volunteers who contribute their time and talents to SeniorNet's mission.

The recipients of the two awards will receive $1,000 to further their projects. Read the news release.

SeniorNet Learning Center of 2007
Don Weidman SeniorNet Learning Center in Huntington NY

Some Center Volunteers from the Computer Refurbishing Project
Pictured from left to right: front row: SeniorNet’s Slava Vero, Eric Vero, Sandy Marquez and Barbara LoMoriello (senior aide to Legislator Jon Cooper). Back row the elves: Jean Tesoriero (KeySpan Foundation) and SeniorNet’s honorees Joe Fiore, Rudi Abatelli, Ed Kristol, Marty Kushnick, Heber Marquez and Peter Cann.

The Chairman's Award for Learning Center of 2007 is presented to the volunteers at The Don Weidman Learning Center. This Center offers sixteen different computer-related classes year-round and has served more than 4,000 students since it opened in 1999. The Learning Center continues to attract new students and volunteers by offering new classes, conducting open houses, promoting their courses at local libraries, community centers, churches and senior events and submitting articles to the community newspapers. Its website, newsletter, SNUG (SeniorNet User Group) and regular training workshops keep volunteers and students informed and engaged in the Learning Center’s activities.

The SeniorNet Learning Center has proactively sought and received funding from its site sponsor, the Family Service League, as well as from the KeySpan Foundation, Suffolk County Office for the Aging, State Assemblyman Andres P. Raia, 18th District Legislator Jon Cooper, and the Town of Huntington. These efforts have made it possible for the center to feature the latest computer technology in its classroom.

In addition, volunteers and students at the Don Weidman Learning Center give back to the community by refurbishing its older computers then donating them to local families and organizations in need. SeniorNet volunteers also take SeniorNet on the road to local assisted living facilities where they assist older adults one-on-one with tasks ranging from email and Internet searches, to photo editing, creating greeting cards and genealogy research. Program of 2007
Book Donation Initiative

The Chairman's Award for Program of 2007 is presented to a team of SeniorNet volunteers for their creation and implementation of SeniorNet's Book Donation Initiative
, to donate new and gently used books to make a difference in the lives of others. The projects are managed virtually on the SeniorNet web site by the core volunteers: Ginny Anderson, Joan Pearson, Jane DeNeve and Pat Westerdale. The initiative currently consists of two projects: the Prison Library Project (PLP) and the Native American Children's Book project (NACBP).

As of July 2007, the project is aided by over 50 individuals and several organizations, including the PEN/Faulkner Award. These donors have contributed 5,466 books to the prison libraries of the South Carolina Department of Corrections and the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut and 360 books to two children's facilities at the Blackfeet reservation in Browning, MT, which is the site of SeniorNet's first Learning Center on a Native American reservation. Learn more about the projects and how you can contribute.
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