Do you enjoy using your computer, smartphone, or tablet? Are you the guru of most things "electronic"? Ashby Village is seeking new volunteers to support members with technology and electronic devices!
While anyone is welcomed to join, we are currently interested in volunteers from the Richmond area.
Volunteers help individual members in their homes with a range of requests, such as:
-advice on purchase of a new computer, smartphone, tablet, or printer;
-installation and set-up;
-tips on how to use software or devices;
-tips on computer security;
-problems with computer, tablet, smartphone, printer, wifi, or internet.
-setting up or troubleshooting printers
-programming DVRs/DVDs/answering machines, etc.
-streaming to TV (Roku, Chromecast, FireTV, etc.)
-troubleshooting cable connections
Volunteers may also offer support groups or one-time workshops to help members learn to use technologies with others. In groups, members build knowledge about useful and enjoyable ways to use their devices.
Qualifications Skills with some of the following:
- Computers, or smartphones, or tablets
- Either PC and/or Mac (OS, iOS) operating systems
- Wifi set-up and troubleshooting
Experience supporting people with technology use:
- Ability to engage and communicate with members
- Problem-solving skills (and a sense of humor about the challenges!)
- Ability to work independently
Volunteer vetting is required and will include completion of Ashby Village Volunteer Training. Must be 18 years old to work one-on-one with seniors.
Time commitment is variable and will be established on a project-by- project basis. If the role of Technology Volunteer interests you, please contact Pat Carvalho, Operations & Volunteer Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working together to provide members with the practical means and the confidence to remain in their own homes as they grow older.
Ashby Village is a community-based network of people over age 50 living in the greater Berkeley area united by a desire to remain in their own homes as they get older. They are aware of the fact that they may increasingly need assistance and support. Membership in the Village provides a wide array of resources including:
Home-based volunteer services such as transportation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, minor household repairs and friendly visitors
One-call vetted concierge referrals to paid service providers that can include gardeners, painters, attorneys, accountants, and personal care attendants
Cultural, social, and educational events and gatherings
Health and fitness activities
Ashby Village volunteer options include:
Food Preparation, Meal Delivery
Personal Training/Yoga /Pilates/Tai Chi
Dog Walking/Pet Care
Friendly Visits and Phone Check-ins
Web/IT/graphical design support
Some of the benefits for volunteers are:
Staying active - physically, mentally and socially
Connecting with others, and feeling part of community
Putting talents, skills and capacities to good use
Paying it forward - knowing that someday each of us will also need support