Meet Janice. She is the founder of a Seattle-based non-profit, Warm for Winter, a resident of LIHI and a recent graduate of our Computer Training Program. Warm for Winter is now in its eighth season of warming our homeless neighbors and Janice entered our program in hopes of gaining greater proficiency in the programs she uses for her business every day.
Matching volunteers to residents is an intricate process and Janice’s match was no exception. Sarita came to LIHI from Microsoft, a high-skilled development manager for the company; she was someone who was going to be able to meet Janice’s specific hopes for this program. Over the course of three months, the pair worked to create spreadsheets and workbooks in Excel as well as adding and deleting sheets in workbooks. They worked together on overall Windows 8 OS proficiency, using folders, organizing folders, system updates and maintenance, protecting documents, embedded charts in Microsoft Word, hyperlinks, formatting documents, and Word templates. They worked to build Janice’s skills with Microsoft Publisher 13 and embedded charts in Publisher. The two created a Microsoft SkyDrive account for Janice so that she can sync all of her email, documents and Windows accounts between her computer and smart phone. They set up a Skype account for Janice and made sure all of her accounts were secure and all of her passwords saved and protected.
Janice knows how much participating in this program has contributed to her computer skills and she is excited to bring that to Warm for Winter. Here is a brochure she was able to create and publish thanks to her new skills:
Sarita and Janice got to know each other pretty well over the course of their collaboration. “Janice’s involvement in the communities she serves is amazing and our match was like Kismet Fate,” shared Sarita. Turns out Sarita is also a knitting enthusiast. After Graduation, Sarita plans to continue working with Janice by knitting garments and donating them to this winter’s Warm for Winter project.