Peri and Zoe Kantor — Family Volunteers
DOROT volunteer since: Zoe (my twelve year old daughter) and I began volunteering with DOROT earlier this year.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
We were looking for a way to volunteer with older people and heard about DOROT through UJA-Federation of New York.
What type of volunteer activities do you do?
We have been doing “birthday visits” and package delivery visits.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
It has been deeply rewarding for both of us. We have met over a dozen people (I think). The most surprising thing about volunteering is that we thought that this would be something that we were doing for other people, but it winds up that we get way more out of the visits.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
The seniors that we visit love DOROT. They are thrilled with our visits and are so happy to have a young person there. It is so rewarding and fun!
Most memorable volunteer moment?
We’ve had many!
We’ve met people from all over with all kinds of backgrounds. What I am so impressed with is how the people we meet quickly share their stories with us. Each time before we go on a visit, Zoe is nervous about the visit (What will we say? Will they “like” her? Etc.). But the people are wonderful. They are so generous with their time, insights and memories. They are always looking to teach Zoe something new.
We have met with a number of Holocaust survivors as well as people born and bred here in New York and elsewhere in the U.S. We’ve learned what New York was like over 70 years ago and how our own neighborhood has drastically changed.
We met a wonderful woman who, even though she is in a motorized wheelchair, took herself to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met. She loves fashion and got there by city bus with no help! Really, these people are so inspiring, funny, interesting and a joy to meet.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
It is the most wonderful organization. It is so fulfilling. We are all so busy with our own lives and DOROT gives you the opportunity to connect with other.
DOROT also makes it so easy to volunteer! The staff is terrific and accommodating!
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