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Bess Rosmarin — Office Volunteer

Bess Rosmarin How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

14 years!

How did you get involved with DOROT?

DOROT was recommended to me by the psychiatrist who did pro bono work for DOROT. She thought it would help me at the time and she was right!

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I make calls once a week to seniors who cannot cook for themselves and offer them a variety of Kosher dishes for the week. The meals are frozen and delivery is made once weekly.

In the past couple years I’ve been involved in DOROT’s intergenerational programs with local schools. I find it very interesting to be with young children from all different backgrounds. At one school the kids were mostly immigrants and wanted to hear about how New York changed. I’ve visited two schools to have a book discussion about The Giver, the students were all so bright and knowledgeable about the book’s themes.

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

DOROT has been important to me because at the time of my volunteering I was having some personal problems and DOROT was extremely helpful, taking pressure off by my being helpful and thinking of others. I enjoy my time at DOROT and especially enjoy the vitality of being part of this wonderful organization.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I feel I am contributing to the well being of my contemporaries and get great satisfaction from that knowledge. I have made a number of telephone friends and the appreciation they express is very rewarding.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

DOROT has always been there in time I need. I recently broke a knee cap and the outpouring of concern and offers of assistance were really appreciated.

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

I would tell anyone that wanted to volunteer at DOROT that it will be an outstanding part of their lives. The camaraderie exhibited by the workers at this organization is quite wonderful. Finally, I want to express my thanks to DOROT for enriching my life.

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