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October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

this is a fabulous program to assist, participate and help the elderly...it's a great community service....the appreciation by the recipients is wonderful...its a great learning experience.

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this is a great program that really teaches empathy and understanding and is fun to boot. i highly recommend it.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

One of the most amazing programs assisting NYC's elderly. Provided me with a life changing experience, who ever knew older people could be so much fun.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my neighborhood! Dorot assists many seniors in my immediate community by providing them with food, assistance, and friends.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ease of volunteering. I know that volunteer opportunities are just a call away.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Some volunteers were more driven than others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make an extreme difference in the quality of life for senior citizens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 28, 2009

Dorot is one of the best organizations I have volunteered for. It has given me so much joy and wisdom. I have learned so much from the stories of the seniors we visited. If there was a genuinely altruistic and servicing organization, DOROT would be it. The organization brings smiles to so many peoples' faces every day and is so heavily depended on that its non-existence is almost impossible to imagine. It is definitely a GREAT non-profit.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amiable, friendly, accepting, tolerant, patient - all the ingredients of a person who generally cares.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Dorot has made a huge impact on my life! As I began volunteering as a chessed project for my bat mitzvah, I soon realized that Dorot is more then just a generous organization, but a group of amazing people who really care about how they can make a difference. My greatest memory is probably is my first food delivery. As my mom and I walked to the man's apartment, all I could think about is how scared I was. When the elderly man opened the door, and i saw the huge smile on his face, all my worries were gone, and a realized how much my visit meant to the man. It has now been two years since my first Dorot visit, and I can't wait for my next one!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people who I meet

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Over the summer of 2008, I volunteered at Dorot because I wanted to create a difference in people’s lives. I took part in a program called friendly visiting. I, along with one or two other volunteers, would go to the Dorot senior’s house and exchange a friendly, forty-five minutes to an hour conversation with them. The time I spent there had been very enjoyable because the seniors were pleasant, humorous and most importantly, they were extremely grateful. I remember having one visit with a senior; she literally clasped onto my hand and repeatedly thanked me for coming. A simple forty-minute conversation might not meant so much to other people, but to these seniors, that are alone because their children have moved far away, it meant everything. Ambitious

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the sense that volunteers and seniors were able to interact. During a short 45 minutes, I felt a stronger bond between myself and the senior.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change the amount of paperwork.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I felt a sense of accomplishment. I felt that I made a difference in Dorot senior's day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

congenial and welcoming. Whenever I had a question, they would patiently explain the answer to me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a difference in the world. We can open hearts and minds of many other adolescents. We can reach out to teens and let them realize that there can be a bond between an elder and a sixteen year old.

Ways to make it better...

Traveling had been more convenient.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the seniors themselves. Sometimes the seniors are just not in the mood for a visit however, we would not be notified until we have traveled all the way to her house.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

I volunteered at DOROT last summer. The staff members are helpful, and they do an incredible job of assisting Seniors.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, kind people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

Dorot is a wonderful organization which touches the lives of elders in so many special ways. The staff and volunteers are thoughtful, caring and dedicated Sharon

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thoughtful, cedicated and compassionate

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

I had a wonderful time. DOROT helped to show me that doing what you love is more than just receiving a paycheck. When I did all this work I wasn't bothered with the fact that I was doing it for free because I was helping out so much people is what was the real paycheck. I touched people and people touched me. I heard great stories and I got some great words of wisdom as well. If I could do the summer over I could and if I could change anything about the experience I wouldn't.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always smiling and welcoming to every volunteer they have even though there were a lot of us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

Until she passed away, Betty was an integral part of my life. Sharing bi-weekly visits with a friend, we would bring a Shabbat meal on a Thursday and visit for a while. During these visits her life would enfold, the joy that came from friends, the gratitude to Dorot for its wonderful programming, the pain and frustration that comes with ill health and not always understanding how the system works. But through it all was the simple jooy that comes from knowing that someone cared to hear the answer to "How are you?" On occasion, we wouuld bring our children to visit Betty, too. They would talk and laugh -- sometimes play a word game. A win-win situation all around. Dorot knows how to make a shidduch, and for that I will alwys be grateful.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

raise so many clients from near the poverty levels where they find themselves and give them the opportunity to enjoy activites they do not have the wherewithal to enjoy now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009

My husband and I have been volunteering for Dorot for many years. Our best experience with them is helping to take some of the elderly people to the cemetary to visit their loved ones. Dorot supplies the car and pick up at their homes. We were escorts and supplied moral support. For most of the elderly they have no other way of getting to the cemetaries since it would be such a long and difficult trip.I don't know of any other organization that provides this kind of service.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the look of gratitude from someone we visited or took to the cemetary.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I provided someone with companionship and helped them connect to people that were important in their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm and friendly and willing to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and provide service to every borough in NYC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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