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SeniorNet Extends 25th Anniversary Success into 2012

SeniorNet celebrated its 25th Anniversary in May of 2011 and now in 2012 has even more success to celebrate. The non-profit saw a nine percent growth rate in members and volume for 2011 and received a total of more than $1.275 million of in-kind donations to help seniors and underserved communities access the Internet.

With more than 60 Learning Centers, six of which are located on American Indian Reservations, SeniorNet relies on the generous support of sponsors like AT&T, IBM, Verizon, Microsoft, Adobe and US Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), to provide the tools that have allowed more than a million people to learn new skills and explore the digital world. A growing network of motivated and skilled volunteers share time and wisdom to guide students to their on-line goals.

2012 Initiatives

Earlier this year, SeniorNet added three initiatives that have been particularly popular. SeniorNet recently launched a social media blog http://seniornet.org/blog/ to help familiarize users with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. SeniorNet also partnered with Winster an on-line gaming site for seniors and boomers designed to encourage social interaction, collaboration and mental stimulation through puzzles and card games. Also this year, SeniorNet entered into a partnership with Milestone Broadcast Corporation. In 1998 Milestone created Good News Planet to broadcast to the world, life affirming, thought provoking Good News, with a focus on seniors, technology, health, science, travel and entertainment from leaders in these industries. Information from Good News Planet is now available through the SeniorNet website.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with our progress after a quarter Century,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive. “With the continued support of our sponsors, partners and volunteers we have been able to bridge the technology gap in many areas, helping seniors and the underserved enjoy fulfilling, rewarding lives.”

For practical, "geek-speak-free" information about social media, visit seniornet.org/blog/, follow @SeniorNetOrg on Twitter, and "like" SeniorNet's Facebook Page today!

About SeniorNet

SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55 and those in need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 6,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has more than 60 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

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