Andrea Ditkoff — Next Generation — DOROT’s Teen Leadership Council
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
I have been involved with DOROT since I was twelve—six years now!
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I became involved with DOROT through my Hebrew school when I was looking for a project to do for my bat mitzvah. I absolutely loved working with everyone so much that I stayed involved!
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I have done pretty much everything at this point! I have had some visiting relationships, which I have enjoyed tremendously. I am a teen intern during the school year as well as during the summer. I also serve on Next Generation, the Teen Leadership Board with some other wonderful teens.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
DOROT has given me the ability to feel comfortable with others—I have met such a diverse group of people and I have learned to talk to just about anyone! When I first came into the city office for orientation, a social worker told me that volunteering is like traveling: you get to experience others’ lives. I think that these glimpses into how other people live have made me a more well–rounded and interesting person.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I truly think that I benefit more from the seniors I talk to than they do! I love coming into the office and seeing all the friendly faces that I know.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
The first woman I ever visited with was a technology visiting relationship—I went to her apartment and helped her learn e–mail and basic computer skills. I remember my nervousness meeting her, and how excited and welcoming she was to me. It was thrilling to make a tangible difference in her life when she could e–mail her family and interact without leaving her home.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
It’s fun, I promise! I was so scared to begin volunteering, especially at such a young age, but I have only had positive experiences through DOROT. I also encourage people to make volunteering a family project. I still volunteer with my mother, and the visits I go on with her are especially meaningful to both of us.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am extremely honored to be recognized by DOROT—volunteering is one of the most important things that I do and I am grateful to have this opportunity.
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