Philippe Lambert — Response Team
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
A little over a year.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I wanted to find a way to help senior citizens in my community. My own parents live in France, and since I am not living in France and can’t help them, I wanted to find a way to help others here in NYC. Through my synagogue, Bnai Jeshurun, I learned of DOROT. I contacted DOROT, had an interview and here I am!
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I help people with their computer needs and sometimes iPads. Either very basic functions, such as how to use Word, Excel or Skype or more advanced such as creating formulas in a spreadsheet. Sometimes I help with troubleshooting on their computers.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I have met amazing people, with fascinating and interesting life experiences and backgrounds. I find it life changing to listen to them and to interact with them. They all have stories to tell. A painter, singer, music composer, etc. It also gives me a great sense of pride to know that I have hopefully made a difference in a small way, in their lives. Each person I meet opens a door to how I view the world, so I am very grateful.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
The possibility to continue to meet new people, to foster the friendships with those whom I have already met, and the satisfaction I feel when I can help someone.
Most memorable volunteer moment
Helping a woman with her iPad, and especially working with her to find Apps focused on music recording she composed a beautiful piece that she played many times for me.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
You widen your horizons and your perspective, meet interesting people and it is really NOT time consuming. Everybody can handle a few hours of volunteering work a month.
Anything else you would like to share?
Just that at the end of the day, although I may be helping people in my community in some small way, it is really me who feels thankful for the opportunity.
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