Joan Frankle — Westchester
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
I have volunteered for DOROT since 2007.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
In 2006 I was invited to a DOROT Westchester event. As I listened to the speakers, I realized that DOROT and I were a good match. Having recently lost the last grandparent in my family, I wanted to keep a connection to the “greatest generation” that I had treasured in my own family. Signing on to be a DOROT Friendly Visitor was a wonderful opportunity to keep that connection and make a difference in an elderly person’s life. DOROT has been a meaningful part of my life ever since.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I am in my eighth year as a Friendly Visitor and I have served on the DOROT Westchester Committee since 2008, chairing the Committee for the last three years. I have participated in our monthly Shabbat Shalom Westchester program and our Holiday Package Deliveries. I am fortunate to work closely with DOROT staff, including Susan Richter, Audrey Stein, and Lindsay Smith, and the wonderful Westchester Committee on events, recruiting volunteers and spreading the word about what DOROT does to make a difference in the lives of our elderly neighbors in Westchester.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
As a volunteer, I have enjoyed the relationships created through visiting. DOROT has also helped me to navigate issues that arise with aging and social isolation. I have been able to share what I know with friends who are caring for their aging family members.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
Every week, when I do my Friendly Visit, I feel good knowing that I’ve brightened someone’s day which, in turn, brightens my day. I also enjoy working with the Westchester committee on planning and attending events.
Most memorable volunteer moment
When my son was a high school sophomore, he volunteered to do a Holiday Package Delivery along with his Confirmation classmates. I was so proud of my son and DOROT when he chose to speak about his DOROT visit at his Confirmation.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
I always remember that DOROT literally means “generations” and the multi–generational aspects of this organization produce wonderful results. DOROT volunteers get back what they give and help to ensure that our seniors age with dignity.
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