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Karen Gaynin — Office Volunteer

Karen Gaynin How long have you been a DOROT Volunteer?

Approximately four years

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I just stopped in one day and fell in love with the people, the concept and the organization.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I am the Information & Referral Intake volunteer two days a week. I answer phone calls from the community and connect them to needed services available at DOROT and provide information about resources in New York City, the New York metropolitan area, and beyond.

I also help out in the Community Services department with paper work, phone calls and updating mailing lists.

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

I have so much respect for the elderly and admiration for those living their lives with a positive attitude. For those in need and without support systems in their lives, I feel overwhelming compassion and try hard to help them with whatever services we have or can refer them to.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

The people I work with are wonderful—supportive, friendly, helpful and caring and the work I do makes me feel satisfied and useful.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

In general, it’s the feedback I get from the seniors, such as, “You’ve been so patient (helpful, kind), DOROT is such a blessing.“ I actually keep a list of all the positive comments I get so I can share with others. My favorite comment, which I emailed around to the staff, was “DOROT should win a Pulitzer Prize.”

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

DOROT is a warm and welcoming organization and the work with seniors means so much to them.

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