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October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

My wife and I along with our two children participated in a Birthday Visit for a senior. It really hit home how important this was to the senior when I called to confirm that morning and was concerned I may be calling a little early but she sounded real excited and told me she was already dressed for us. She enjoyed sharing stories about her family and I think this was a great experience for everyone involved.

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

Involving my children, which the organization really encourages

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

Extremely nice and appreciative

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

do really good things

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

I volunteered with DOROT through a one-day UJA-Federation event. A co-volunteer and I visited an elderly woman and brought her a Rosh Hashana package. As we sat and talked with her, we learned this woman's remarkable story of surviving the Holocaust and of life in New York after the war. It was truly amazing to sit with this woman for an hour and to hear her story.

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

the ability to connect with a member of the Jewish community and to be able to bring some happiness to her by speaking with her and delivering a Rosh Hashana package.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

I have been volunteering with DOROT for less than a year and I love it. Every week I visit my "elderly friend" in her home and spend at least 2 hours with her. She recently lost her husband and is often depressed; does not have much family, and is not able to do much on her own anymore - she now has me to kepe her company each week and to talk to, we have a special bond. DOROT is such a special organization for organizing this type of volunteer effort; the elderly population is so often overlooked. Not only does DOROT organize these programs, but also puts together well-organized holiday events and package delivery events for holidays. I plan on being involved with DOROT for many years to come.

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

I feel as if each person I interacted with as a volunteer has been wonderful.

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

Genuinely grateful to each and every volunteer, took the time to introduce themselves and say hello during events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

Over the past few years I have had wonderful volunteer experiences with DOROT. I have done several holiday package deliveries, started as a single woman and continued until the birth of my second son. My older son still talks about our Passover package delivery recipient. It is the bubbie factor. My parents, his grandparents are of another generation, so unlike my own grandparents were and volunteering for DOROT allows me to share a little bit of what I so enjoyed when my grandparents were alive with my children.

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

seeing the joy our visits brought to the lives of the elderly.

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

the staff is very kind and understands volunteer engagement.

Ways to make it better...

they did not send quite so many email communications.

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

the need is going to increase significantly as our community ages in record numbers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I have been a volunteer at Dorot for several years, first as a coordinator for the computer tutoring program and recently teaching an Intergenerational Digital Photography class. Volunteering at Dorot has been an enlightening and enriching experience on all levels. I see young and old sharing life stories, learning and laughing together. And I have been blessed with the assistance of an extraordinary staff who has supported me in everyway.

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

My time talking spent with the seniors.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time for scheduling computer tutoring and free computers for seniors to bring them into the 21st century.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I have been a volunteer at dorot for several years, first as a college student, then as a married couple, and now with my three young children. There are so many ways to volunteer: as a friendly visitor once a month; doing holiday package deliveries on occasion; or once a year as a birthday visit. (there are many more - thanksgiving dinner, teaching classes, helping with groceries...) Each interaction with a senior friend feels great to all parties involved - the seniors enjoy sharing stories with the children, and the kids love to chat with "old-time" new yorkers. The staff is also excellent. They work really well with the seniors, and are great at accomodating my schedule. we look forward to many more years working together.

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

that i personally interact with the clients, not just drop off a bag of clothes or a check.

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

all very accessible and willing to work with me to fit the volunteer experience to my schedule.

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

get buses that are wheelchair accessible to bring homebound seniors to more on-site events and to various activities throughout the city.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I have volunteered at DOROT many times and it has always been a moving experience for me. I have visited senior citizens and delivered holiday gifts, food packages, and (or) birthday cakes. I can always see that it brightens the senior citizen's day to have a visitor and someone who will listen to them and talk to them. It may not be something that we realize, but there are so many homebound senior citizens without nearby family who are enthused to have visitors from DOROT or attend DOROT sponsored programs. I can truly see that what DOROT as an institution and as volunteers have done has truly brought happiness into the lives of so many senior citizens.

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

all very nice, helpful, and caring about what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I can say without any reservations that DOROT not only changed the way I viewed the elderly but also my perspective on issues facing the elderly and the importance of intergenerational relationships for both seniors and young people. I was a teen intern at DOROT from when I was 14 years old to 18 years old and last summer I returned as a college intern. I am originally from Florida, but I spend my summers in NYC and every summer I would look forward to volunteering at DOROT. As a volunteer, I was welcome into the DOROT family from day one and my relationships with the staff and seniors became stronger every year. I have so many memorable moments at DOROT, it is hard to know where to start and I will inevitably leave some out. DOROT has taught me that the elder population is greatly overlooked but of so much importance with lots of knowledge and experience to share with the younger generations. DOROT’s friendly visiting program does a great job to try and break the gap between the generations. My favorite aspect of the friendly visiting program is the birthday visits. Bringing a cake, card, and gift to a senior on their birthday is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. The seniors are always so thankful and you know in your heart you have made a difference. Working as an intern, I was given much respect form my co-workers and much responsibility. Through presentations from different departments in the organization and outside organizations I learned the ins and outs of a non-profit organization and pertinent issues facing the elderly today. I cannot stress enough how important my relationship with the DOROT staff and elders is to me. DOROT has had such an impact on me that at Brandeis University this year I am visiting seniors at a retirement home every week and working to bring DOROT’s birthday program to my university, in effect, continuing DOROT’s mission wherever I go.

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

my great aunt, who is 87 years old, lives alone in NYC and my extended family feels so much more comfortable that an organization like DOROT is at her disposal.

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

the relationships I have made with the staff and elders.

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

unbelievably welcoming, comforting,and understanding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I have been a Dorot volunteer for around 6 years. It has truly changed my life. I have had the opportunity of visiting several senior citizens and getting to know them, making them my new friends. I am currently visiting a senior that has really become my family. He is alone and, although healthy, he is in great need of companionship. We spend special time together 2-4 hours a week in general, sometimes more. He has joined my family ( 2 boys and a husband) for many holidays and special dinners. He is our "grandpa". This experience has enriched all of our lives and my children have learned to understand this generation of people. It is beautiful to watch the different generations interact. I hope to continue volunteering for Dorot for years to come.

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

how it makes a better life for the elderly and lifts their spirits

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

caring and always smiling!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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