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Bunny Jacobs - Office Volunteer

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

Over 16 years!

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I was invited to many events at DOROT by a dear friend from Junior High School days. When I retired I knew that it was time to give back. Marilyn inspired me to choose DOROT.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I visited three different seniors over a period of three years. They lived to be 99+ years. I also volunteer in the office in the University Without Walls department one day a week. I began working with Bonnie and Marina and now Melissa. I’m on the phone with seniors who take classes over the phone and online. The seniors are so grateful for conversation and many have learned to recognize my voice.

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

It’s helped me to be patient and concerned when meeting and speaking to seniors and I realize how grateful I should be to have family and friends around me.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I’ve met so many wonderful people who work and volunteer at DOROT and have become friends. When I’m on the phone with seniors most are so happy to speak to me. These are times when I become aware of the loneliness in some people’s lives and I’m so happy to be there for them.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

The first time I planned to visit my friend on West End Avenue, she forgot about our plans and was not at home at the appropriate time. The doorman told me she went out and he showed me the direction in which she went and I should look for a woman who resembles Dr. Ruth. Sure enough, there she was!

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

My day at DOROT is stimulating and I look forward to saying good morning to Melissa, Zoya, Catherine and Carrie. They always thank me when I leave. It continues to be a feeling of gratitude from them to me.



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