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Chinese (all dialects) Tech Help for Seniors

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We are looking for some eager tech help volunteers to help bridge the digital divide for Chinese speaking senior patrons. COVID-19 has amplified the effects of Chinese seniors not being able to connect with their loved ones via technology, and we need you to help us.

If you are Chinese speaking of any dialect (our main focus is on Mandarin, Cantonese, Toishan) and would love to help troubleshoot everyday mobile device or tablet problems like "how to delete photos," or "how to turn on subtitles on YouTube," we would love your help. Chinese reading and input skills are helpful to assist seniors, but NOT required. No need to have advanced tech skills like Photoshop or coding, but just patience with patrons who are still learning.

Chinese Tech Help happens every Wednesday morning (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) for two hours, with thirty minute simple tech skills sharing run by a librarian at the beginning. The remaining time will be for practicing the tech skills and also troubleshooting individual problems.

All SFPL volunteers will be required to submit proof of vaccination against Covid-19 before commencing volunteer duties. More information and an interest form/application can be found at: bit.ly/sfpl-tt

(If you are not available on Wednesday mornings but are interested in assisting Chinese-speaking elders develop basic tech skills, Community Tech Network is also seeking Mandarin- & Cantonese-speaking Digital Coaches: CommunityTechNetwork.org/volunteer )

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100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

Mission Statement

The Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and the joys of reading for our diverse community.


Public libraries in California seek to engage the talents, skills and commitment of volunteers to serve the communities' information and literacy needs. Libraries offer a variety of skilled volunteer opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to library programs, operations, fundraising events and other community engagement functions. Skilled volunteers have opportunities to lead projects, work with teams of staff and volunteers, learn new skills, and have fun.


Computers & Technology
Race & Ethnicity
Computers & Technology, Race & Ethnicity, Seniors


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San Francisco Public LibraryBridge at Main100 Larkin StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Cantonese / Mandarin




  • Must be at least 18
  • Once a week for the two hours on Wednesday mornings. Also flexible depending on volunteer's other commitments.

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