How to Support Senior Planet

Senior Planet is a non-profit organization that relies on government funding and donations to maintain their services.  So if you’re happy with SeniorPlanet.com’s offerings, they could always use your help to keep their services running, or make them even better for the next people! Even a few kind words of appreciation can give Senior Planet’s team the strength to keep going!

How to Donate to Senior Planet

One-Time or Recurring Money Donations

  1. Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on Donate in the right-hand menu.

  2. You will be taken to Senior Planet’s donation page on the New York Charities website.

    First, click in the box marked “Donation Amount” and type in how much you want to donate. Then click one of the buttons directly below that to choose if your donation will be one-time or recurring (if you select the recurring option, click the drop-down menu next to it and select how often the donation will be made). Then, click one of the buttons below these to select what contact information you want to give to O.A.T.S., if any. Finally, click Donate Now when you’ve made all your choices.

  3. On the next screen, click Check Out.

  4. You will need to enter your billing information on the next screen. There’s a lot to do here, so we’ll split it into two parts. The first part is your contact information. 


    Click in each of the boxes marked with an asterisk (*) in the screenshot above and type in or select your:

    – first name
    – last name
    – street address
    – city of residence
    – territory of residence
    – mailing code
    – phone number
    – email address

    You can also select your country of residence, and add your company name and your title at that company, if you wish.

  5. The second part is your credit card information. Click in the boxes highlighted in the screenshot below and type in or select:

    – your credit card type
    – your credit card number
    – the month and year your credit card expires
    – your credit card’s security code

    After filling in your billing details, click one of the buttons below them to decide whether you want to pay the donation’s processing fee or not, or to add an additional donation to New York Charities. When you’re all set, click Submit. Doesn’t it feel good to give back?

     

Planned Money Donations or Donations-in-Kind

If you want to do something really special, you can make a donation to Senior Planet a part of your retirement package or last will and testament. Your lasting legacy will be helping your fellow older adults learn to adapt to the new digital age! How cool is that?

You can also donate computer programs or computer hardware (like monitors and keywords) to Senior Planet, or volunteer to help them fix their equipment. Technology these days breaks down more often than a lot of people like, so it’s always a plus for Senior Planet to have backups or people on hand who can get things up and running again!

For more information about these kinds of donations, call Older Adults Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), Senior Planet’s parent organization, at 718-360-1707, or email them at “info@oats.org”.

How to Leave Email Feedback

  1. Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on Feedback in the menu across the bottom of the screen.

  2. Click in the box labelled “Full Name” and type in your full name. (You can skip this step if you don’t want to provide your name).

    Next, click in the box labelled “Email” and type in your email address.

    Next, click in the box labelled “Your Feedback” and type in what you want to say about Senior Planet, either what they could do to improve or just how much help they’ve been.

    Finally, click Submit.

Those are just a few of the ways that you can give back to Senior Planet!


Senior Planet Exploration Center

Are you an older adult in New York City? Want to get professional hands-on training for basic skills needed to use today’s top tech? Consider paying a visit to the Senior Planet Exploration Center!

It’s located at 127 West 25th Street, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan Island in New York City. Stop by to register for courses, attend a seminar in progress, use a computer, take advantage of the free wi-fi, or even have some fun with a video game!

Courses

The Senior Planet Exploration Center offers courses on basic computer skills, usually lasting either 5 or 10 weeks, with 1 or 2 sessions per week. Courses are offered on topics such as:

  • Computer basics
  • Internet basics
  • Social media basics
  • Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Tablet computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Basic website creation
  • Online job-searching
  • Basic e-commerce (e.g. online classified and auction sites like EBay, Kijiji, Etsy, Craigslist, etc.)

To see what courses are currently being offered:

  1. Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on The Center in the left-hand menu.

  2. Click Current Courses in the left-hand menu.

Workshops

In addition to courses, the center also holds lectures, seminars, and one-on-one skill building sessions throughout the week. To see what’s coming up:

  1. Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on Calendar in the left-hand menu.

  2. Look for any event that has a blue or green title. Click on it for more information.

  3. See our tutorial on Senior Planet Events tutorial for more information. 

How to Sign Up for Courses and Workshops

There are three general ways to sign up for Senior Planet courses and workshops:

  • Visit the Senior Planet Exploration Center directly at 127 West 25th Street in New York City, and fill out a written application.

  • Reserve a spot at a workshop by emailing “rsvp@seniorplanet.org”.

  • Call Senior Planet’s support team at 646-590-0615.

Note that registration for course packages takes place quarterly (i.e. every three months or so). If you miss the registration deadline, you may have to wait until the next quarter in order to sign up for courses.

Also note that some workshops, seminars, and lectures may not require you to R.S.V.P.; you can just show up to the Senior Planet Exploration Center at the appointed time and join in!


Senior Planet on Social Media

Senior Planet may look like a small website (with great articles and events), but it's actually much bigger when you factor in all of the social networks that it's connected to. When you visit Senior Planet's page on one of these websites, you'll see how the Senior Planet community and library of information stretches farther than what would be easy or practical with just one website!

To visit one of Senior Planet's social media pages, go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on any of the icons in the top-right corner of the website, as shown in the screenshot below. They are, in order from left to right:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus
  • Tumblr

Senior Planet on Facebook

www.facebook.com/seniorplanet

On Senior Planet's Facebook page, you'll see many of the same articles you see on the website, but they're available to a much larger audience. Have a conversation with people about what you see on Senior Planet, "like" comments that you agree with, view some funny or inspiring photos, and be in the know about events happening at — or being put on by — Senior Planet.

Senior Planet on Twitter

www.twitter.com/seniorplanet

Senior Planet's Twitter feed consists of short messages and links to photos, videos, and articles that deal with senior-related issues. You can respond to or re-post anything you find interesting, or use "hashtags" and other tools to find messages about a particular topic or person.

Senior Planet on Pinterest

www.pinterest.com/seniorplanet

Senior Planet's Pinterest page is like a picture-based list of all things seniors. With categories spanning health and beauty tips, technology fixes, inspirational quotes, humour for older adults, and more, you're certain to find a picture that's worth a thousand words… or at least leads you to a thousand words' worth of interesting info.

Senior Planet on Google Plus

plus.google.com/+SeniorplanetOrg/

On Senior Planet's Google Plus page, you can see events that the organization is putting on or promoting, the people who work closely with the group, and articles that the organization thinks are interesting or useful to older adults. Try leaving a comment on something that you like, or share it with someone you know who might like it.

Senior Planet on Tumblr

www.seniorplanet-agingwithattitude.tumblr.com

Kind of like on Twitter, Senior Planet's Tumblr page is a very bare-bones list of interesting articles, videos, and pictures found by the organization. You can show your appreciation for what you see, or share it on your own Internet journal — or "blog"– if you have one.

And those are some of the different places where you can find more Senior Planet content on social media!