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Harold Forbes — Office Volunteer

Harold Forbes How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

Almost 9 years!

How did you get involved with DOROT?

When I retired in 2005, I wanted to do volunteer work. I tried an animal rights organization, a hospital, and a nursing home. Nothing seemed to fit comfortably until I discovered DOROT, which happens to be just two blocks from my house. The warm, nurturing environment here has made it impossible to regret my decision.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I work in the Kosher Meals for the Homebound program. Once a week I take orders from seniors, who generally cannot do their own cooking. (I've sampled the food and it tends to be quite good). I also keep an accounting of the food deliveries and prepare the appropriate monthly invoices.

I have also been involved in the Friendly Visiting program, having spent time with three delightful seniors on a regular basis.

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

Volunteering at DOROT has helped me appreciate seniors on a different level. I am 78 years young and my spouse is 86. We are both in good health. We don't face the physical and emotional challenges of most DOROT clients. Through volunteering I have learned to empathize with seniors more than I had before, and learn more about myself in the process.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

Volunteering at DOROT has been important to my spiritual as well as emotional wellbeing. On one level I give service as my way of making amends for some of my inappropriate behaviors when I was young. On another level it is, in a small way, my method of thanking GOD for all the gifts he has given me over the years.

Most memorable volunteer moment

There were several. It was those moments when the clients expressed their deep appreciation for the work we do. Their sincerity has always felt warm and very rewarding.

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

The staff at DOROT could not be any warmer or friendlier. I have always been treated with love and kindness (like being part of their family). Volunteering at DOROT, one has the opportunity to enrich someone’s life, in real time, and to receive instant gratification for doing so.

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