Sixteen-year-old Dublin resident Anthony Trippe was looking for a way to give back to his community for his Eagle Scout project.
So when the Dublin Coffman High School sophomore suggested a technology help desk to city staff members, Dublin volunteer-services director Christine Nardeccia saw the opportunity to incorporate the city's Aging in Place initiative into Trippe's idea, she said. The process was like puzzle pieces coming together, she said.
"It was fate," she said.
Trippe is overseeing other teen volunteers in providing technical assistance to senior residents of Dublin in the Teen Lounge at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.
The service is targeting those at least 60 years old. Volunteers are available the second and fourth Saturdays from March through May, Nardeccia said. The city, however, might continue the program with teen volunteers beyond then, she said.
In the first session of service, Trippe said, he helped people with such tasks as moving photos from phones to laptops, deactivating a LinkedIn account and deleting a contact from a phone. Eight people visited the tech desk, he said.
"Overall, the session went really well," he said.
As part of Dublin's Aging in Place initiative, staff members met with adult residents and caregivers who said they were interested in learning more about technology, Nardeccia said.
The city has been marketing the new tech desk through the Dublin Community Senior Citizens Membership at the rec center via social media and via independent-living facilities in the community, she said.
Walk-in service is available, but appointments are preferred and may be made for 20-minute intervals by visiting the rec center's front desk, by calling 614-410-4753 or by visiting signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4daeac23a1fa7-teen.
Teens interested in volunteering should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors also may use that email to connect directly with Trippe to submit technology questions.