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Jill Krebsbach — Friendly Visiting

Jill Krebsbach How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

About 7 years now.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

Initially, I volunteered for a Thanksgiving Package Delivery with New York Cares (another volunteer agency). Sometimes agencies partner together for projects. I liked visiting with the seniors that time so I knew that I wanted to make this a regular activity.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I am a volunteer for the Friendly Visiting program. I’ve been visiting Anne B. now for at least the past 5 years. We usually go to arts events mostly (concerts, museums, lectures.) I also help her use her laptop computer to compile her semi–annual newsletter ”On Museum Mile.” She has more activities than most young people I know. She sings in a choir, takes classes at Hunter, does yoga/exercise classes at a senior center and was a volunteer at the MET for a while. She keeps very busy!

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

Prior to volunteering with DOROT, I volunteered on many projects with other agencies. The types of activities varied and some were just one–time events. I like volunteering on a regular basis and really getting to know the individual over time and build a history. Both of my grandmothers passed away when I was young and I’ve been living in New York for almost nine years, but do not have any family here. When I started seeing Anne, it was like having another family member in my life.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I feel like I’ve developed such a great relationship with Anne over this time that visiting with her doesn’t even feel like “volunteering.” We both get so much out of this friendship. She is truly an inspiration to me in all that she does and going out with her in the city has taught me about grace and patience.

Most memorable volunteer moment

I remember visiting Anne in the hospital a few years ago after she had her open heart surgery. She was laying there hugging a giant stuffed heart pillow and she smiled. I knew she was going to be ok and make a good recovery.

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

DOROT has many options for busy New Yorkers. You don’t have to live in a particular neighborhood or be of a certain religion to volunteer. The staff are very supportive and the resources their donors provide is amazing. It is great to be part of such a fine organization helping seniors in New York City.

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