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Friendship, Service, Remembrance

When volunteers want to mark the new Jewish year with a mitzvah, they come to DOROT. And when New York area residents want to mark the anniversary of 9/11 by taking positive action in the community, they come to DOROT, too.

On Sunday, September 15, the two groups converged as hundreds of volunteers of all ages visited over 500 frail seniors in New York City and Westchester County during DOROT’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and Sukkot Package Delivery. They brought packages with seasonal items including honey, gefilte fish, and grape juice, and remained to visit for about an hour.

During their time together, the volunteers and seniors wrote personal messages of tribute and gratitude on specially designed DOROT postcards for delivery to first responders in the community. A social afternoon thus culminated in a meaningful gesture of communal solidarity for everyone involved.

“I enjoyed my time with the senior and was happy to be able to bring a sense of care and comfort to her while I was there,” one volunteer said. “It was nice to know she had someone to talk to for the day.”

On the same day, volunteers donated new household goods for the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP), DOROT’s transitional housing program for homeless elders. These items, covering everything from linens through clocks through toiletries, were distributed to former residents and to those in the process of moving to permanent homes.

“I am proud that DOROT was able to mobilize so many people to help connect the generations and build a stronger community as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance,” said Executive Director Mark Meridy. “We are grateful to all the volunteers who chose to mark this anniversary by assisting homeless seniors and helping us address the serious problem of social isolation among our homebound friends and neighbors.”

DOROT’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance initiative also included events on September 11, including a special dinner at the HPP prepared and served by volunteers, a University Without Walls teleconference class entitled “Remembering Together,” and the first meeting of Next Generation, DOROT’s teen leadership council. DOROT is honored to be the only New York City recipient of the three–year 9/11 Challenge Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service in support of this initiative.

DOROT expresses deepest gratitude to all the volunteers and generous funders involved in the Sukkot Package Delivery and 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.




All photos: Melanie Einzig Photography










9/11 Postcard
During their time together, volunteers and elders signed special postcards for 9/11 first responders. To view some of the 800 handmade cards submitted by volunteers nationwide, which were delivered to local first responders and military personnel, click here).
Special Delivery from the West Coast
Special Delivery from the West Coast: Bryan Anderson and Anne Su, visitors from California, took time during their week in New York to enhance the life of a homebound elder. They are pictured calling ahead to make sure they were expected.
DOROT's Young Professionals
DOROT’s Young Professionals group hosted a rooftop bagel brunch for young professional volunteers before they headed out to deliver their packages.

DOROT’s Sukkot Package Delivery was generously endowed by the late Mrs. Bella Wexner in memory of her parents Lena and Harry Cabakoff. We are grateful to the estate of Sanford H. Goldstein for their support of DOROT’s Holiday Package Delivery programs.

We are grateful to the following supporters of DOROT Westchester: The Samberg Family Foundation; The Silverweed Foundation; United States Department of Health & Human Services, New York State Office for the Aging, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services. This program is also supported by a generous grant from UJA–ederation of New York, Westchester Program Services Cabinet. Thank you to the JCC of Mid-Westchester for hosting DOROT’s Sukkot Package Delivery & 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

DOROT acknowledges with deepest appreciation the donation of items for our Sukkot Package Delivery & 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by:

American Roland Food Corp.
Apple Bank for Savings
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

We are also grateful for the support of:

NYCwebstore.com

DOROT is honored to be the only 2011 New York City recipient of the three-year 9/11 Challenge Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 
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