Lynda DeLott — Homelessness Prevention Program
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
My two sons and I volunteered in 2003 to visit a senior during the Chanukah Package Delivery program. I became regularly involved with DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) in 2005.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I was chairing Temple Emanu–El’s first Mitzvah Day in 2005 and I called Judith Turner, Director of DOROT’s Volunteer Services, to discuss ideas for projects we could create that would benefit DOROT clients. Judith suggested I speak with Elazar Stepansky at the HPP and, well, the rest is history.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I am thrilled by the number of ways Emanu–El and I have been able to support the amazing work of DOROT and the HPP. For several years we created “relocation kits” for DOROT clients who were being placed into permanent housing. The kits contained a wide assortment of items to help get the seniors started in their new homes. We have also been able to make monthly contributions of food items for the “giveaway” days and a couple of times each year we donate and serve dinner on a Thursday night or in conjunction with a holiday. Thirty HPP clients also join us at the Temple for a Thanksgiving Dinner each year.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I have met so many wonderful people through DOROT, everyone is kind, gracious, warm and welcoming. Becoming part of the DOROT family through my volunteer work has been a gift.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I feel incredibly fortunate to be involved with DOROT. They make it possible for me, and others at Temple Emanu–El, to contribute to improving the lives of others in so many different ways.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
I will always remember partnering with DOROT’s HPP on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. We coordinated a team of Emanu–El volunteers to cook dinner that we then served at the HPP residence. There was an incredible feeling of community and national pride that day.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
I often find myself suggesting to people who are looking for a meaningful opportunity that they call DOROT. They truly value what each and every volunteer has to offer and will find a place for anybody who wants to lend a helping hand.
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