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Rhoda Glass - Office Volunteer

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

Every Monday for the past four years.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I’ve always done volunteer work, during my childhood, and throughout my 55 years of employment. Some friends who delivered meals for DOROT told me about who they were and the good work they did, so I called and offered to be part of that.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I volunteer in the University Without Walls Department doing computer input, reminder calls for classes and other telephoning, mailings, anything that’s needed. I also volunteer at DOROT’s Thanksgiving Celebration and have recently begun participating in cooking for the Homelessness Prevention Program.

In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?

Many of the work is just standard office work, but since I’m now retired it brings back the feeling of doing something that’s needed and that I need. Everyone at DOROT, the employees as well as the other volunteers, are the most helpful and friendly people I’ve worked with in many years, which makes me feel as if I’m a part of something of value and service to others.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I look forward to being there each Monday morning, anxious to see what’s waiting to be done, but also glad to get a good cup of coffee first, and then to chat and smile with everyone I meet on the way to my desk. When leaving, the feeling of pride, even in the smallest tasks, helps push me through the rest of my day.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

Actually, the moment I always remember came four months after I first started at DOROT, when a group of people, including Mark Meridy, actually appeared at my desk, holding a cake with a lit candle and a bouquet of flowers, and sang happy birthday to me. I was stunned, and that’s really when the feeling of truly belonging first showed its face.

What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?

I’d tell other volunteers what I tell people all the time ... that giving of yourself is the best feeling in the world. Accomplishing something that may not seem very important to us, but makes a great difference in other people’s lives, is the way we grow, flourish, and truly learn to respect who we are and what we have to offer humanity.

Anything else you would like to share?

When I was a child, my father, who always did volunteer work on his days off, used to say this to me … “If you're lucky enough to have made it to the top, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” I certainly hope I've made him proud.

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