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Martha Plato - Office Volunteer

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

I’ve been volunteering for 11 years and it has flown by.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

Well, I had a friend who was volunteering at DOROT. She kept telling me how wonderful it is and how I needed to drop by and check the place out. After a year I got tired of listening to her so I decided to volunteer. I started off working with the social workers and have now done so many other things since.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I have done so many things for DOROT, many of which I would not do if I was being paid. Once a week I work for the Kosher Meals for the Homebound program calling seniors and taking their meal orders. I’ve been involved with youth too, reading with younger children and teenagers. With the teenagers, we always had great discussions. They share their opinions and we share ours. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with young people and hear from them. I have also been in many DOROT videos, six I think in all.

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

DOROT just feels like family. From the when you walk in the door and see Jennifer at the front desk all the way up to the executive director, Mark Meridy. I just have the feeling of being welcomed. The atmosphere is so pleasant and everyone greets you with a nice smile. I receive phone calls at every holiday, from Carrie my volunteer manager. She doesn’t need to do that, but you feel so appreciated knowing that they are thinking of you even when you are not at DOROT.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I have one reason, to continue doing things for DOROT who has done so much for me.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

One of the videos I was in was put in a contest for a grant. I was the main person in the video; the topic of the video was a birthday visit. Mark Meridy, the Executive Director, called me twenty minutes after he received the news DOROT had won the award. I was so touched that he felt I was important enough to know as soon as he did. That is just so typical of what DOROT does.

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

When you volunteer at DOROT you just have this warm feeling. You are doing things to help others and in the process getting back so much more. Friendship, warmth and consideration are all things that I feel when I come to DOROT. The people that work here you can tell really enjoy themselves. This is not just a job for them. They do so much for others and it is just wonderful. I feel so lucky to have an opportunity to be productive and have a wonderful time doing it.

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