SeniorNet volunteers Jim Burke, Claire Kerman, Co-coordinator Moss Rawn, Co-coordinator and founder Slava Vero, Legis. Lou D’Amaro and founder Don Stone.
By Karen Klafter
Thousands of senior citizens throughout the county can use computers and surf the internet without fear or apprehension thanks to the volunteers at Suffolk County’s SeniorNet, a local chapter of the National volunteer senior citizen organization that was recently honored by Suffolk Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) for being named Exemplary Learning Center of the Year.
Under the direction of Co-coordinators Slava Vero and Moss Rawn, Suffolk’s SeniorNet Chapter, which has taught computer skills to 5,000 seniors since its founding ten years ago, was selected as the top chapter out of 130 nationwide. D’Amaro presented SeniorNet with a proclamation in recognition of the award at their recent Spring registration, where senior citizens enrolled in courses on subjects ranging from basic computer skills to advanced design.
The classes are all taught by seniors at a pace designed especially for them. The organization also runs an intergenerational program where local youths interact with the members in classroom settings, and is about to launch a new program for homebound seniors.
“While computers can seem scary to those who are unfamiliar with the technology, SeniorNet leads seniors on an exciting journey that can enhance and improve their lives,” D’Amaro said. “It is a privilege to honor and thank them for opening up this whole new world for their fellow senior citizens.”
For more information or to find out about the next scheduled registration for classes at the Huntington Family Service League Center, call SeniorNet at 631-427-3700, ext. 235.
Karen Klafter is a legislative aide to D'Amaro.