Liz Hartheimer — Volunteer Services
How did you get involved with DOROT?
Shortly after moving to New York, the head of volunteer services at DOROT asked me if I would help out with the Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery. I took a package to a German refugee, Ms. F., who subsequently requested that I become her weekly visitor and the rest, as they say, is history.
What type of volunteer activities do you do?
I was a Friendly Visitor to Ms. F. until she moved to a facility in Brooklyn. I continued to call her frequently, even when I moved back to England, up until her death last year.
I joined the DOROT Volunteer Advisory Committee in 2004 and also assisted with registration for the Holiday Packages Deliveries on the East Side.
For the last year, whilst back in England, I have been assisting the Volunteer Services Department by soliciting companies for food donations to be included in the packages for the older adults for the three annual Package Deliveries.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I am a firm believer that one should give back to the community and that there is always someone out there that is worse off than yourself who needs assistance. Volunteering for DOROT is an easy way to put this philosophy into practice.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
My grandparents always looked after local Jewish elderly people who had little or no family. They often took us with them on these visits so I guess the DOROT experience is inherent in my genes.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
One of my most memorable moments was escorting Ms. F. to a classical concert at the Metropolitan Museum for her 90th birthday.
Another was walking in to DOROT last year to see a wall covered with the 550 boxes of matzos that I helped get donated from Aron Streit, Inc. for the Passover Package Delivery.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
Every individual has distinct talents and levels of comfort and there are many different ways you can give your time to DOROT that do not necessarily require a weekly commitment — some of which you can even do from the ease of your own home! I would therefore encourage people to contact DOROT to find out where their skills can be of most benefit to the community!
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