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Amy Gross — Wellness Program for Seniors

DOROT volunteer since: July 2011

Amy Gross How did you get involved with DOROT?

My friend Sharon Salzberg, the meditation teacher, knew of my interest in bringing mindfulness to the senior population. When she was asked to lead a group at DOROT one day, she brought me along. Karen Fuller, the Director of the program, invited me to teach...I accepted with joy.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I’m teaching meditation, based on the principles of Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the course developed by molecular biologist Jon Kabat–Zinn, Ph.D., in 1979.

In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?

I come to DOROT once a week and meet with people—a core group plus others who come and go—who are vibrant and questioning and appreciative. I feel stimulated and energized by them; I feel I’ve made contact with a terrific group of people. The classes are full of love and life and humor.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

Who wouldn’t want to participate in the kind of exchange I’m talking about?

Most memorable volunteer moment?

Not one particular moment—there are many moments when a participant “gets it,” and by expressing what they have understood, they share their understanding with the group and it resonates with all of us.

What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?

Volunteering here positively answers any internal questions I might have like: Am I doing something worthwhile? Am I using my time well? Am I continuing to learn and grow? Am I meeting new people and connecting deeply with them?

Anything else you would like to share?

I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction, to share what I know to be incredibly valuable tools for living with a receptive group of people.

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