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Quiet Hero, Roger Thornburn

Roger Thornburn
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The group I volunteer for: SeniorNet at the Senior and Community Center.

What I do for the group: I instruct primarily older people in the use of computers.

How I got involved: I volunteered through RSVP.



Why I think this group’s work is important: There are a lot of seniors who are getting computers from their kids to keep in touch by e-mail, and they don’t know how to do it. We teach them to keep in touch with the world through the Internet.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: It’s when you get an absolute beginner and see their face light up after a couple of lessons when they can control the mouse and open the programs. It’s great.




The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: Fundamentally, it strokes your ego because it makes you feel good helping other people.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I used to teach Internet and e-mail to seniors down in Santa Cruz, and currently I volunteer for FREED to let people live an independent life. I’m also vice-president of the Alta Sierra Property Owners’ Association.

I’ve lived in Nevada County: Just over a year.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: I think one of the most difficult issues is dealing with the fire threat. It’s serious because we haven’t cleared the fuels for 40 years.

I think volunteerism is important because: For me it’s a way to keep active and involved in the community and give back something to get that tremendous satisfaction of helping people.

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