Joyce Claar — Westchester Friendly Visiting
DOROT volunteer since: 2004
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I saw an ad about it in the newspaper. My mom suffered from Alzheimer’s and she lived out of state. When I saw the ad I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if someone had visited my mom.” Also, a friend of the family is a volunteer in Manhattan and when I saw DOROT was in Westchester, I called up. I called Melanie (a DOROT Westchester social worker) and she matched me with someone with a similar background. We were both teachers.
What type of volunteer activities do you do?
I am a Friendly Visitor and visit the same senior weekly. I also chair the Social Action Committee at my synagogue and am a board member of the Westchester Jewish Council.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
Being with my friend Joy has taught me to appreciate the gift of health, which she has not had for most of her adult life. She lives with good grace. I admire her spirit and determination.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
By now, Joy and I are a part of each other’s lives. I went to her daughter’s wedding and celebrated the birth of her two grandchildren with her.
Even though her mobility impairments make it difficult for her to travel, she knows about my family milestones, too. We have a bond and connection as friends.
Most memorable volunteer moment?
Being at Joy’s daughter’s wedding and at the bris of her first grandchild. I am also involved in the life of her home health aide. When her aide was honored at her church, I was there. We have a friendly and family–type relationship.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
The needs are great, and volunteers can benefit as much as the person receiving the visit.
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