Naomi Rossabi — Lincoln House Outreach
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
At least 10 years. Five of those years have been as chairperson of Lincoln House Outreach (LHO), which is a NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community), funded in part by the NYC Dept. for the Aging.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I was familiar with DOROT’s former Executive Director, Vivian Fenster Ehrlich.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
Over the years I have participated in Holiday Package Deliveries and in the Gift Wrapping program, but I have mainly been involved with LHO. As the chairperson I have planned and participated in creating a cookbook of favorite recipes, international dinners where residents make dishes from all over the world, bake sales, cabaret nights, ballroom dance classes, holiday sing–alongs, talent nights, and many intergenerational programs involving both the older and younger people who live in the building. I also work on our monthly newsletter.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I have spent a great deal of time as a volunteer trying to make sure that the program meets the needs of the elderly as they age in the building.
Volunteering has also brought out certain skills in me. I have become more outgoing and able to speak in front of groups, which is something I wasn’t as comfortable with before. I also write articles for newsletters, which I hadn’t done much of before.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I strongly believe that people should help one another. I get satisfaction knowing that I have made a difference in being available for someone that needs help.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
There have been many memorable moments, but the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of LHO was one of them.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
I feel that volunteering to help another is a mitzvah, not only for the person being helped but for the one that is helping. It makes one feel better about one’s self and energizes the person giving as much as the person receiving. It has been pointed out in many articles that people who volunteer remain healthier longer, are less subject to dementia and experience a better quality of life, so I recommend it highly.
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