Pearl Zinner — Lincoln House Outreach Volunteer
DOROT volunteer since: 1995
How did you get involved with DOROT?
Shortly after moving into 303 West 66th Street in 1995, I was introduced to several members of the Lincoln House Outreach (LHO) Board of Directors.
Within a few years, LHO was going to have to submit a proposal to DFTA (Department for the Aging in New York City) and it would be necessary to provide data regarding the 60 plus population in our building to qualify for a grant.
Since they knew I was still working for the National Opinion Research Center affiliated with the University of Chicago and that my work involved the development and use of surveys, they called on me for some help.
The initial efforts in developing a questionnaire needed some work so the Program Coordinator at the time and I worked together until we were comfortable with the instrument. We then proceeded to conduct the survey with a random sample of apartments at LHO.
What type of volunteer activities do you do?
Just about everything. I am conducting another survey of the building to get a handle on accurate demographics. The population has changed considerably in the last few years. I help out in as many events as possible. I’ve worked on several committees (i.e. the annual fundraising appeal) and acted as chairman of the Board of Directors for two years. I currently serve on the executive committee.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
Volunteer work takes up a great deal of time so the impact is considerable. However, it does provide a great deal of satisfaction when your efforts produce good results.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I feel strongly that the services provided by LHO are of great importance to the population it serves and I will continue to make every effort I can to keep it going.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
This is difficult to identify but perhaps reporting the results of the survey to the general population at LHO was a memorable occasion.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
Volunteers must understand that the efforts they make reflect in their own satisfaction. They must want to do it and not expect any rewards besides their own satisfaction. DOROT and LHO are in need of much help to continue their work and that makes the volunteering worthwhile.
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