Maria Lordo — Friendly Visiting
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
I have enjoyed being a DOROT volunteer for approximately three years.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I developed an interest in volunteering many years ago and my main focus was working with the elderly who are so often in need of help as they age, but unfortunately, do not always have anyone to turn to.
One afternoon I read an article in a New York paper about DOROT, contacted them by e-mail, and was delighted when they responded.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I am involved with the Friendly Visiting Program and was matched with Sara F. We connected instantly and a great friendship was forged. It was a great privilege and pleasure to visit with her in her apartment, go on outings together, assist her with everyday needs, take walks, enjoy great chats and help in any way she needed.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
Giving back to others is one of the most satisfying experiences anyone can have. The saying "It is more blessed to give than to receive" is so true. The opportunity to touch another's life and have them touch yours in return is one of life's greatest rewards. I hope I can continue to do so for many years to come.
Last year it was necessary for Sara to be moved to a nursing home. Our activities are limited now, but it is such a pleasure to visit her at her new location and make sure she is comfortable and happy.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I could not imagine my life without volunteering being a large part of it. DOROT is a wonderful organization that gives me the opportunity to continue to do this, stay in touch with Sara who is now like a family member to me and provide me with new volunteer opportunities in the future.
Most memorable volunteer moment
After a few years of our visits, Sara had to go into a nursing home as her memory was failing. For my first few visits there, she did not recognize me. Then, on one day I walked in the room and her eyes lit up. Sara said “One day I knew you would come walking through that door, I did not know when or how long it would take, but I knew you would find me.”
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
I know that all DOROT volunteers will enrich their own lives more than they could ever imagine, and while doing so, being of service to others that are in need of a helping hand or just someone to visit and keep them company. Volunteering and organizations like DOROT, blesses both the giver and the receiver more than they could ever realize.
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