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Harvey Newman - University Without Walls

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

I believe I have been volunteering for around eight years.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

Initially I joined DOROT’s Caregiver’s support group when my sister was living with dementia and I was having difficulties dealing with it. When I discovered University Without Walls, I realized I had a lifetime of experiences to help uplift other’s spirits.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I facilitate a teleconference program I call “Practicing Consciousness for the Rest of Your Life”. It is based on the acronym AGREE which stands for Attention, Gratitude, Receptivity, Enthusiasm, Enjoyment. Each week we discuss how we can practice these in our lives.

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

Facilitating this program has improved my level of consciousness. It has enabled me to deal with the unexpected events in my life with less stress and more acceptance. Specifically, when my wife showed signs of dementia in 2010, I was able to take on the responsibility of being her caregiver.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I look forward to the sessions because they reinforce and remind me of the work I still have to do for myself. I like to think that I am encouraging others to live their lives more consciously.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

Each time I receive feedback that members of the class have experienced a shift in the consciousness’s enabling them to face circumstances in a more rewarding way.

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

In giving what you have through volunteering you will enrich other’s lives and enrich your life as well.

Anything else you would like to share?

Facilitating “Practicing Consciousness for the Rest of Your Life” is one of the highlights of my life. It encourages me to practice more in my life.

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