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On Saturday, October 7, 12 volunteers from the TechWomen program came out to Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center to provide technology tutoring and support to the staff and clients there. TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. State Department that brings women from around the world to the Bay Area for a five-week exchange and mentorship program.

The center’s staff and seniors were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this diverse group of young women. They came prepared with questions about their own phones, laptops, and more. One gentleman even brought in his desktop with the help of his grandchildren. Another brought out an old video camera with an assortment of parts that, to the surprise of all, one volunteer was able to get working by the end of the event!

The women and the clients and staff at Davis gathered around the tables, working in groups of up to five people. While they were working on technology together, the conversation also turned to broader topics. The seniors told the volunteers about the history of the Bayview neighborhood, an area of San Francisco that most visitors to the city never get to explore. The visiting women talked about their home countries around the world from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

At the end of the event, many women expressed a desire to spend more time helping the clients. Linda Mack-Burch, the program director at Davis, said, “The seniors who participated really appreciated the TechWomen!” At the end of the day, it was a meaningful and memorable experience for all in attendance.

Is your company or organization interested in volunteering as a group? Let us know! For more information, contact program manager Joanna Bell at joanna@ctnbayarea.org.

Tech Teach-In: TechWomen Volunteer in the Bayview

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