Working together: Volunteer Online Chum Mentors

Matching volunteers to those who need support remotely has become a more challenged environment for some of our users and digital befrienders. Technology is central as well as having access to the right mix of accessibility features. Unfortunately, we don’t have the full suite we think it is necessary to maximize our interactions, but are constantly looking for donations/funding for a small group to realize it’s ambitions and aspirations. However, what we we lack in access or know-how is admirably mitigated by the passion of all involved in helping those on the digital periphery play a central role in managing their day-to-day digital needs, including increasing their social circles of support. The role of Online Chum is varied and spans different areas of interests that we hope we can ensure a good match between befrienders and beneficiaries. We are always looking for more volunteers to help us continue to serve our local neighborhoods and borough wide community. You can find out more by visiting our public-facing website: or email


History about the learning tower

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (ItalianTorre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa[ˈtorre di ˈpiːza, – ˈpiːsa]) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third-oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry.

The height of the tower is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres (185.93 feet) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 m (8 ft 0.06 in). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase.

The tower began to lean during construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground which could not properly support the structure’s weight, and it worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th century. By 1990 the tilt had reached 5.5 degrees. The structure was stabilized by remedial work between 1993 and 2001, which reduced the tilt to 3.97 degrees.