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DOROT, Inc.
October 16, 2012

I learned about Dorot when I was in my 39'w (I'm now 65) and have been volunteering with them ever since. The reason I love them so is that while yes, they make sure that elderly people see doctors and have enough to eat and are generally cared for, their sights have always been squarely set on quality of life, on making sure that their "clients" are enjoying their latter years. As a Dorot volunteer, I've taken people to concerts and theaters, I helped one woman write a 15-page memoir to leave to her grandchildren, I helped a blind man pack for a move. But most of all, I've visited people and given them a welcome ear for their life stories, for their joys as well as their concerns. Dorot is focused on making old age a time to relish, not to endure.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely making new friends. But more important, feeling like I was making a real difference, at no cost to myself, either monetarily or psychically. I have always thoroughly enjoyed the volunteer visits.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

As I said above, very good about myself and my role in the world.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

DOROT, Inc.
May 24, 2011

Dorot is about 35 years old -- I've been volunteering for them for 33 of those years. Their goal is to enhance the experience of elders in every sense -- physical, intellectual, emotional. And their preferred method is to enlist young people as volunteers to do so, those helping to bridge the generation gap for both sides. They have computer tutors, they offer telephone university, they have cemetary visits, they run the gamut. As a volunteer I have visited home-bound seniors, delivered birthday cakes, taken seniors to doctors and to concerts, helped host Thanksgiving dinners, visited seniors in the hospital, all kinds of things. I even once helped a senior write her memoirs, to leave for her grandkids. And it is as much a joy for me as it is for the seniors. When I'm finally too old to volunteer, I will transition into Dorot client -- they are the best organization for serving seniors I have ever seen.

The Great!

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

...the sheer joy and gratitude that the seniors show when a volunteer comes to brighten their day

Ways to make it better...

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

i've thought about this -- and so help me, I wouldn't change a thing. They have it down pat!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I'm totally satisfied

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I'm 63, and serving as the volunteer rather than the client has always made me feel young.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & See above.

DOROT, Inc.
November 2, 2009

I've been volunteering for Dorot for 30 years -- almost since its inception. And last year I retired myself -- and one of the first things I did was contact Dorot and tell them to sign me up for lots, lots more. The reason I love --and respect -- this organization so much is that they look at seniors in the gestalt, as people who want to live life to the fullest, not just to the longest. So yes, if a senior needs help getting to the doctor, or is homebound and needs help or company, Dorot is there. But Dorot is also there for seniors who want to go to a museum or to the theater, who want to dance at a thanksgiving party, who want to write their memoirs for their grandchildren (I just finished that particular assignment -- and the woman's gratitude was worth a great deal more than any freelance check). I am blessed with excellent health at 62 -- but it is a true comfort to me to know that, as I age and eventually move from the status of volunteer to that of client, Dorot will be there for me.

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

in the gratitude I have felt from homebound seniors I've visited, or vision-impaired seniors I've assisted. And when I've notified Dorot of a problem -- e.g., the blind man who was moving had not contacted a moving company -- they immediately solved it.

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

getting the opportunity to deal with seniors as people, as equals, as friends, not just as over-the-hill supplicants

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

incredibly dedicated and compassionate people

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

expand its services throughout the city,and create a computerized skills bank

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Frequent at-home visiting, helped a blind man pack up to move, helped a woman write her memoirs.