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Ben Wasserman — Lincoln House Outreach

DOROT volunteer since: I began volunteering at DOROT in the summer of 2008 as a teen volunteer. I then returned for the College Internship Program in the summer of 2010. I have been volunteering regularly ever since.

Ben Wasserman. How did you get involved with DOROT?

In high school, I had enjoyed volunteering at two local museums, but was looking for something different. Knowing that I love spending time with my family and especially my grandparents, my high school guidance office suggested DOROT.

What type of volunteer activities do you do?

As a teen, I went on friendly visits. Initially as a college volunteer, I escorted seniors to appointments and activities. For the past year, I have helped out around the Lincoln House Outreach office with answering the phone, greeting seniors who stop into the office, copying, faxing and other office–related needs. I also assist seniors in their homes on the computer.

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

Volunteering at DOROT has made me realize how much help seniors might need with everyday life. I think that many young people take their own abilities for granted.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

When the seniors enjoy seeing me and enjoy having my help on the computer.

Most memorable volunteer moment?

On my 20th birthday, Lincoln House Outreach made me a surprise birthday party and included some of the seniors that live in the building. This gesture made me feel very special. I am most appreciative of the many people I come into contact with at Lincoln House Outreach.

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

Volunteering at DOROT is very rewarding. You can see that it is very helpful and seniors enjoy your company. In addition, I have enjoyed learning about what life was like years ago.

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