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Stratford volunteers help connect seniors to tech for MLK Day of Service

Volunteers in Stratford honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with a Day of Service.

News 12 Staff

Jan 20, 2021, 2:05 AM

Updated 1,245 days ago

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Volunteers in Stratford honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with a Day of Service.
Stratford's Sterling House and Baldwin Center worked together to find new homes for used phones and computers.
The community centers teamed up with the Digital Dreams Project to collect and securely wipe electronic devices before refurbishing them to get them to people who need them.
Organizers say the priority is getting access for local seniors to Zoom calls and telehealth visits.
Mayor Laura Hoydick says she's not surprised the event saw a big turnout.
"Stratford residents are very, very giving with their time," Hoydick said. "They are generous with their dollars, and they come together like no other to provide some unity, and this is a great effort. I'm so proud of these kids for volunteering with us on their day off from school."
Seniors need communication technology more than ever, organizers say, due to the isolation that comes with COVID-19.
"Sometimes you can't get to everybody. And it's nice to be able to take care of yourself and have that little bit of independence that technology can afford you," Hoydick said.


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