Bringing Tech to the Masonic Care Community
Organized by: Anthony Osei-Tutu
Greetings Friends, I hope this message reaches you in good spirits. Let me explain the problem in more detail - Technology, while useful and efficiently solving many of our problems, also is a double-edged sword. As technology, progresses those without proper training and access to it, can fall into a gap and become left out in the cold. Recently, I encountered an elder citizen who was in such a gap. She lost the use of her landline phone service, and her only connection to the outside world was a small disposable phone given to her by her Grandkids. She told me that she didn't know how to use it at all except for "pushing the green button" when someone called. She said how frustrating it was to go from being a successful business woman to her current state of helplessness due to her lack of technological prowess. The whole situation moved me to tears, as I thought of my mother and her battles with current technology. This year I've decided to partner with the Digital Square Club of New York (nydigitalmasons.org) and their "Masonic Care Community Technology Initiative." This initiative was started to meet the digital needs and wants of the Masonic Care Community. The Masonic Care Community is a 400-acre community located in Utica, New York. It was created in 1894 to house Masonic Senior Citizens, widows, and orphans since it has grown to include Masons and Non-Masons alike. Currently, it serves over 500 seniors (masons and non-masons). (http://www.masonichomeny.org/) How you can help? Donations of any amount will go towards resident computer education program ($1200 yearly cost). Also, if you have New or gently used iPod Nano, Shuffle, or Touch. We can also re-purpose Android smartphones for similar use. (Please include charger.) Headphones must cover whole ear (not earbuds) for hearing impaired users, and have the standard jack for mobile devices. Send me an email at email@example.com and I can arrange a pickup, or where to send it. Find out more here (http://nymasons.org/2016/digital/) Thank you so much in advance!