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SeniorNet Receives $122,500 "Cy Pres" Award


In 2010, Los Angeles Attorney David C. Parisi selected SeniorNet to receive a "Cy Pres" Award of $122,500, part of a $11.5 Million settlement.  See "Award Tab" for more details.

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    SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom. Find out how you can become a part of SeniorNet and start enjoying the benefits of membership today!


    If you are looking for some help to learn new or enhance existing computer skills, you have found the right place. Welcome. Come on in and make yourself at home. SeniorNet is the nation’s most respected nonprofit organization that specializes in computer and Internet education for older adults. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered over one million Boomers and Seniors providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet.

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Quinault Indian Nation

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see our people use computers to enhance their quality of life. We also want to thank the volunteer tutors who give selflessly of their time to teach our tribe members – young and old. What the online world has to offer will be enlightening” said Fawn Sharp, chief of the Quinault Indian Nation.



SeniorNet & Snow Monkeys

Truly a great story!


It's about Joe Pontecorvo, Volunteer Instructor at SeniorNet Puget Sound. Joe is a lifetime member of SeniorNet. He started with Puget Sound in 1990 - the year that SeniorNet was incorporated. He helped with the roll out of Windows 95 along with SeniorNet Founder Mary Furlong.


Joe is one of the oldest surviving instructors across the country. He will be 88 years young on June 1st.


And that's not all . . .


Joe is the proud father of another Joe Pontecorvo, who just happens to be the world renowned cinematographer of Pontecorvo Productions. His works include the production of PBS Nature documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated "Bears of the Last Frontier". It's about the black, grizzly, and polar bears of Alaska. 


And now . . . "Snow Monkeys", premiering Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8/7c on PBS. Click the image above for a trailer of the upcoming program.


Joe Sr., thank you for your dedication and service. Joe Jr., kudos to you, sir! I am sure lots of people will watch and enjoy.


Leslie M. Smith 
Chairman of the Board

Recyle Your Computer
If you're looking for ways to dispose of your electronics, including laptop and desktop computers, digital cameras and mobile phones, you can find corporate take-back and recycling programs across the U.S. Some computer and office supply companies even provide monetary incentives for recyclable or working equipment. If your device works, consider giving it to a local charity or thrift store. Call first to make sure they take this type of donation. Go to and click Recycling and look for a link in the right column that will lead  you to a list of computer recyclers. Or go directly to

To prevent someone from stealing personal information you may have in files or documents on your computer, just deleting your documents or reformatting your hard disk is not enough. An unscrupulous person could use a file-recovery program to restore the files you deleted. Some computer refurbishers have strict data deletion requirements. Check with the company to which you're giving your computer about their procedures. To be safe, follow the steps below to ensure that you are not making any stored information available.

First, make a copy of anything on your computer you want to keep, including all license and registration keys for software programs you have. Then, use a free, secure disk-erase program such as DBAN (do a web search for DBAN) to completely "wipe" everything from your hard disk. If you're giving your computer to be used by someone else, you'll want to reinstall an operating system after the disk is erased. If you have a CD for a version of an operating system you no longer will be using, you can install that operating system. Or, you can copy a free operating system, Linux, (at onto a CD using another computer. Or copy it to a CD before you erase the computer you're giving away.

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