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Nancy Mattis - Office Volunteer

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

I believe it has been four years.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I originally participated in a Health & Wellness class. For a few months in 2012, I led a class, Reducing Stress Through Movement. Then I started participating in the Kol DOROT chorus which led to being asked to become an official volunteer.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I help out with at Kol DOROT. My first love is the chorus. It gives the participants joy. It gives me joy. This year I've participated in the intergenerational Book Bud Program. In the past, I've substituted as receptionist at the main desk, made many phone calls and been a volunteer at the Thanksgiving Banquets.

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

I like to think of myself as a "junior senior". Working with others of my age and especially those who have reached "senior senior" status has inspired me. Their will to keep active, to continue engaging with people and activities, to dwell on the positives rather than the negatives have been and are wonderful examples for me.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

During my working career, I served children as a teacher. When I retired, I wanted to continue serving, but at the other end of the life spectrum. While I know I am helping others, volunteering at DOROT, it has also brought me enormous personal satisfaction.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

There is not just one. Rather it is a whole collection of many memorable moments when clients have touched my heart by expressing their appreciation of a small kindness on my part, as simple as a sincere smile, a listening ear, a soft touch, a response to a need.

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

Volunteers feel welcome and very appreciated. From the time I walk in the door to the time I leave, I feel warmth and appreciation. I have volunteered for other organizations and have never felt this ongoing support.

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