Leora Nevins — Next Generation, DOROT’s Teen Leadership Council, President
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I did a package delivery with a group from the Heschel School when I moved to New York eight years ago. Then, I wanted to get involved during High School, because I remembered all of the great services that DOROT provides.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I am the President of DOROT’s Next Generation (NG) Teen Leadership Council. As part of NG, I volunteer at package deliveries and represent DOROT at public events. I also run a DOROT Friendly Visiting Club at my school (Heschel), and I go on visits during the school year.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
Volunteering with DOROT and spending time with DOROT seniors has helped me appreciate community. The people that I have met and spent time with have taught me to be grateful for life’s blessings. I have learned that a casual conversation shared on a living room sofa, can change everything.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
The DOROT staff and volunteers are so committed to helping people of all ages live the highest quality life possible. The gratitude that DOROT seniors show for DOROT motivates me to continue volunteering. Every person who is involved in DOROT cares about each other, and that creates a very welcoming circle of people.
Most memorable volunteer moment
My friend and I went to deliver a package and visit with a DOROT senior. We sat in her living room and exchanged stories about our lives. She shared that she had moved to New York from Europe after surviving the Holocaust. When we told her about our parent’s professions, and our school, she became very emotional. Through her tears, she told us how lucky we are to be living here and going to Jewish school and to never take it for granted.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
Even short visits and conversations can change everything. When we take the time to show that we care about individuals, we are actively choosing to improve the world.
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