Connecting Seniors with their Families through Tech Mate Lending Library

The pandemic brought in a slough of problems that we weren’t prepared for. Some of these issues existed to begin with, like senior isolation. When you add a pandemic on top of it, the isolation grows 10 fold. With that, Kits House along with partners at Vancouver Coastal Health have developed the Tech Mate Lending Library to help combat this issue.

 

If you know someone 55 and older that doesn’t have access to the internet, we can help!

 

Tech Mate Library is a tablet lending library to keep older adults connected to family, friends, and access online Kits House programs. The volunteers at Kits House can teach them how to safely and easily use a loaned tablet to access the internet, use email, video call with family and Zoom into Kits online programs! Don’t let technology keep these loved ones away from being in touch with you or participating in fun and useful programs with others their age.

 

 

How Can You Help?

 

 Get your 55+ friend or family member set up with a tablet, internet access & training

To have someone register for Tech Mate Lending Library program, call Kits House 604 736-3588 Ext 129 or email techmate@kitshouse.org. The registered individual will need to ensure they are a member of Kits House.

 

Volunteer to become a tablet trainer for this program

Become a Kits House volunteer and help seniors get trained on how to use tablets, access the internet, and log into programs. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to get started, fill out this Volunteer Registration form or contact Faith at faithg@kitshouse.org.

 

 

Donate a tablet or funds

We are welcoming new or used tablet donations (Samsung Galaxy, 3 or 4G LTE, 8”+, 16GB+, with front facing camera). Tablets must be in working condition with a microphone and front facing camera. If you’d like to donate a tablet, please call 604 736-3588 Ext 129 or email techmate@kitshouse.org to schedule a time to drop off.

Alternatively we are also accepting monetary donations towards buying new tablets for this program through our PayPal link here. Cash donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt in February of the following year.

 

Have your business sponsor this program

If you are a local business and want to support this worthwhile program, please contact us to discuss how your business can be acknowledged in our program marketing materials – Kits House604 736-3588 Ext 129 or email techmate@kitshouse.org