Phyllis E. Gunther — Lincoln House Outreach
DOROT volunteer since: I have been a DOROT volunteer since DOROT took over the supervision of Lincoln House Outreach (LHO), which is a NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community), funded in part by the NYC Department for the Aging.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
As a senior, I value having professional social work services available to discuss my needs and the needs of my neighbors, and having social and educational programs available in the building. I wanted to be a part of the NORC effort.
What type of volunteer activities do you do?
I am Vice Chair of the Board of LHO so I have input into all the activities offered. I am also editor of our monthly newsletter, and until recently was in charge of its distribution to the building’s 417 units. I promote all of DOROT’s programs and participate myself in programs held at LHO like the weekly blood pressure checks provided by Visiting Nurse Service of New York. I also am a participant in the weekly yoga class and Women’s Group, and the monthly Doctors’ Lectures, Birthday Bashes and occasional art lectures offered by the Whitney Museum. I help plan and participate in special events such as our holiday sing, a game night and other events to raise money for LHO.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I have always been an active member of my community. Volunteering for DOROT has been another way I can contribute to my community, and especially focusing on issues relating to the aging. Volunteering helps me learn more about issues regarding seniors, and to bring them to the attention of the larger community. And I simply enjoy the programs I participate in at DOROT and Lincoln House.
I have also been on the Community Board 7, serving the Upper West Side, for 15 years.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
Feeling that I can give back to the immediate community of the NORC, and that I can improve the quality of life for seniors by helping to create programs. As part of my volunteer work I do fundraising and spread awareness of the professional services offered at Lincoln House and DOROT. I think these services increase the ability of older people to remain in their own homes throughout their lives, and that is important to me. I feel a sense of commitment and involvement in our building and to its residents, which has been my family’s home since the building opened 50 years ago.
Most memorable volunteer moment?
Because of my long term involvement in the community, I have been able to get support from those who represent us in government. They know LHO as a part of DOROT and contribute to our success and attend our special events.
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