CyberWyoming Alliance and the Eppson Center for Seniors Win the Hughes Charitable Foundation’s Let Your Kindness Shine Social Media Challenge

From left to right – Laura Baker, President of the CyberWyoming Alliance and Tammy Comer, Executive Director of the Eppson Center for Seniors – brandishing the award from the Hughes Charitable Foundation for the April 7th Love Your Neighbor Social Media Challenge called Let Your Kindness Shine.

The Hughes Charitable Foundation challenged companies, non-profits, and citizens to let their kindness shine in April 2023. The Foundation asked each competitor to post their response to the challenge on social media. The board reviewed all of the entries and chose winners to receive a $1,000 to be given to the non-profit of their choice. This year one winner involved a collaborative effort between CyberWyoming Alliance and the Eppson Center for Seniors.

CyberWyoming Alliance and the Eppson Center for Seniors set up a day for patrons to bring their laptops, tables, and phones for help with security and technical issues. The CyberWyoming Alliance staff and board members donated their time and expertise, and even the experts learned a few things.

“We found out that McAfee Antivirus software on a cell phone was blocking receiving and making phones calls for one senior. We removed it and – voilá – the phone acted like a phone again,” said Laura Baker, President of the CyberWyoming Alliance.

In addition to fixing technical issues, the volunteers helped some of the seniors understand how to use their devices better. “Patrons were excited to work with and learn from the young people,” said Tammy Comer, Executive Director of the Eppson Center for Seniors. “One of the seniors told me that she now knows how the contacts in her phone work and no longer has to dial every number, while another is able to send emails with attachments to her family.”

Comer explained how important it was for the volunteers to learn how to tailor their lessons to people with very little knowledge of technology. “It was good for the seniors, and good for the young people. This event made a difference for both groups. We are so proud to have sponsored this event with CyberWyoming Alliance and to win the award on top of it is so cool.”

The two organizations are planning to let their kindness shine again and have another senior security & technology day in celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.

Four volunteers at the Tech & Security Help Day form hearts with their hands while sitting at a table in front of laptops

Photo caption: April 7 at the “Tech and Security Help Day” at the Eppson Center for Seniors. From left to right – Tim Gaddis, CyberWyoming Board Director; Darlys Pexa from the Eppson Center; Laura Baker, President of the CyberWyoming Alliance; and Brook Malone, Intern CyberWyoming.

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