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Atik–Atlas Family — Family Volunteering

DOROT volunteer since: December 2005

Atik and Atlas Family How did you get involved with DOROT?

We saw an announcement about one of the Family Circle days and got matched with Rita L. This was Chanukah 2005. We enjoyed the visit so much that we just continued visiting Rita!

What type of volunteer activities do you do?

We participate in every Family Circle event, bringing a package to Rita. We occasionally visit her in between events (although not as often as we’d like, given time constraints!). We used to go to Bubbe’s Bakery, a beautiful event DOROT used to have. Our daughter befriended some lovely ladies at those events as well.

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

This is our kids’ first volunteer experience and we are thrilled that it has been such a positive one. Rita is like a member of our family, and we hope this positive experience encourages our children to find other ways of volunteering as they grow older. We started visiting when our daughter was three and it has been great seeing how her relationship with Rita evolves as she grows older and more outgoing. Rita has also known our son, age 2½, since birth.

We like the idea of the children having ties to someone older, and realizing how enriching it can be to have a relationship with grownups outside our immediate family. It feels good, too, to have a relationship with someone in our own community we never would have met otherwise.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

We don’t need much motivation to participate. It is truly a pleasure. Rita is our kids’ adopted grandmother. And the arts and crafts activities that accompany all Family Circle events are so much fun.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

Being in touch with Rita during my pregnancy, with our son, Avi. She was very supportive during a rough pregnancy and we were thrilled that she got a chance to attend his Bris (circumcision).

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

However much time and effort you put in to volunteering for DOROT, you will get back a thousand-fold from your interactions with the earlier generations. Thank you to the warm and wonderful staff at DOROT for introducing us to Rita and some other wonderful ladies we’ve met. We feel blessed to have this organization in our community.

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