Senior Technology Initiative

Senior Technology

Making Connections: Addressing Social Isolation

Social connection is instrumental to emotional and mental health. In 2020, volunteers helped United Way deliver 150 Kindle Fire tablets to 22 care facilities in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties. This initiative to address social isolation in older adults began with an idea from Nate Erickson of Ophthalmology Associates. United Way was proud to convene the community around this effort. Funders included service clubs, organizations, individuals and businesses throughout the region. District #77 also loaned additional tablets.

By providing technology to older adults, we can offer a means of communication and connection to family, friends and resources during these challenging times.


This project is ongoing. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the Senior Technology Initiative, please contact us.

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We thank all volunteers and the following generous donors:

Cory Abels

Diane Beckmann, Thrivent Financial – Waseca

Connors Plumbing & Heating – Waseca

Pam DeMarce, WOW!Zone

Exchange Club of Waseca

Greater Mankato Rotary

Mankato Downtown Kiwanis

Mankato Sunrise Lions

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

MN Valley Civitan, Mankato MN

Ophthalmology Associates

Optimist Club of Minnesota Valley

Sertoma Club of Greater Mankato

Jaye Sopkowiak

St Peter Lions Club

St Peter Rotary Club

Target Store Mankato

Waseca Lions Club

Waseca Rotary Club