Miriam, Eli and Ariel Akabas — Family Volunteering
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
It’s in the neighborhood of a baker’s dozen of years.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
Our family started volunteering at a Holiday Package Delivery, where we visited a lady who lived on the West side. When the next Holiday Package Delivery volunteer opportunity came, we wanted to visit her again, but she wasn’t up to receiving visitors so we were matched with Ms. H. We’ve been visiting her ever since, bringing holiday packages, birthday cakes, handmade artwork from the children, home–baked goodies without salt and with admiration. Both Eli and Ariel visited other DOROT seniors monthly through a connection with the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan (SSSM), when they were each in fifth grade. Ariel is still in touch with Ms. A, who attended her bat mitzvah and her SSSM graduation.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
Mostly we visit Ms. H and deliver packages to her. We have baked with seniors and we also make birthday cards.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
It makes us think about other people’s lives and how we can make a difference with even the smallest act. Also, we have a personal relationship with someone we otherwise wouldn’t have, which allows us to express love in ways we otherwise would not have known.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
Seeing how other people are affected by a tiny effort. We don’t know how much of a difference we make, but we think it’s worth it.
Most memorable volunteer moment
Each visit is wonderful and over the years there have been too many to recount. Perhaps the question should be which was the senior’s most memorable moment?
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
It’s all about how much you want to involve someone in your life. Ms. H and Ms. A are like additional grandparents at this point. It does make a difference; little things help more than you know.
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