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Lucy Waldstein — Westchester Friendly Visitor

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

I have been a volunteer at DOROT for a little over five years.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I had just moved to the area and had some spare time. I don't really remember who told me about DOROT, but I was looking for an opportunity to be of some help and someone recommended the organization to me.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I am a Friendly Visitor and participate in the holiday Package Deliveries. I used to visit three people, unfortunately, one of them passed away.

One lovely lady enjoys playing Scrabble but has no one to play with, so we play Scrabble when I visit her.

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

I am not much younger than the people I visit. They are no longer able to drive, I am. They are frequently house-bound, I am not. I very much appreciate the fact that I am able to do so.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I continue the volunteering because with very little effort on my part, it seems to make a difference. The seniors are always very receptive and happy to see me. That gives me pleasure.

Most memorable volunteer moment

The lady I mentioned, who is no longer with us, had the habit of calling each of her three children every night. I soon became the fourth call. I thought it very touching that she considered me as one of hers.

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

I have found DOROT to be an exceptional organization. The whole premise of bringing generations together is important. Nowadays, when families are scattered everywhere young people are no longer living near grandparents. Both generations are losing the closeness that used to exist.

Volunteering at DOROT is totally without pressure and easy. The people working for the organization are extremely nice. I have enjoyed the association.

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