The Center at Belvedere, a Charlottesville, Virginia senior center was right on the brink of opening the doors to its brand new facility when the COVID-19 outbreak hit effectively padlocking those doors shut. 

You can watch the video interview above with or without subtitles, or read this transcript (edited for clarity and flow):

Carolyn Merrick, Program Coordinator

Carolyn Merrick, Program Coordinator. Bio and website below.

CHUCK: (00:01):
Hello, I’m Chuck Moran. I’m the founder of Online Video Mastery™, and I am here to introduce the next in our series of interesting people who are doing interesting things with Zoom. I’m very happy today to be joined by Carolyn Merrick. Carolyn and I have known each other for several decades, at least three. Caroline is a pro at Zoom and that’s why I’ve got her on here. She is a program coordinator at a senior type center; they actually provide services to people who are “50 and better” as they say. And, it’s called The Senior Center or The Center at Belvedere … still getting used to the new name. So Carolyn, welcome to the broadcast. And I would like you to go ahead and tell us a little bit about yourself and your position, and about The Center, so take it away.

CAROLYN (00:53):
Great. Thanks Chuck. It’s really nice to see you and, you look great, even though it’s been 30 years plus since we met. I’m sure you’re using that Zoom touch up appearance to make those subtle little crevasses around your lips, et cetera. Yeah. So anyway, thanks again for having me and I wanted to share with you all how we use Zoom here at The Center. I’m just going to show a few slides and it may take me a couple of clicks. So bear with me. So this is our logo. The Center … we’ve been around since 1960, and as Chuck was saying, we used to be called the Senior Center, but we’ve rebranded ourselves. We’ve moved into a beautiful new building, which I’ll show you in a moment. And our mission is to positively impact our community by creating opportunities for healthy aging, for folks 50 and older, or better, as Chuck said.

CAROLYN (01:48):
And we want people to connect with each other for social