Robbie Reich - Westchester Friendly Visitor
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
I have been volunteering at DOROT for approximately seven years.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I learned about DOROT on the website of The Volunteer Center of United Way in White Plains.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I do Friendly Visiting, Holiday Package Deliveries, and Westchester Shabbat Shalom deliveries.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I get a great feeling knowing that I am providing companionship, friendship, and emotional support to people who generally do not have many friends and family members close by. It has increased my awareness of how lucky people are when they have good health, family, and friends. It is very rewarding when they thank me for coming. Sometimes I wonder if I am getting more satisfaction out of the experience than the senior I visit.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
The feeling of satisfaction knowing I am making a difference in the lives of people who, quite often, do not have much to look forward to in their daily lives.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
My most memorable moment was how I met someone I have been visiting for over five years. I am a very big sports fan, especially basketball. For one Holiday Package Delivery I was matched with someone who had been a sports writer for over 25 years. On our first visit we talked for over two and a half hours and could have chatted all day, except I had another appointment. He has become a good friend of mine and my wife and has been to our house many times. We are the same age and have a lot of the same interests.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
Helping seniors is really rewarding. You are truly making a difference in people’s lives. They look forward to your visit and for your time together they do not feel lonely and isolated.
Anything else you would like to share?
I appreciate the opportunity DOROT has provided me to help improve the quality of life of these wonderful seniors, who, for the most part, live fairly solitary lives. The people I have visited have become my friends.
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