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Susan Tomkin - Office Volunteer

How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

About six and one half years.

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I was originally an employee at DOROT for a short time back in the late 90’s.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

DOROT receives hundreds of birthday and holiday cards each month year from individual volunteers, companies, schools and organizations from around the country. I open each box or envelope, enter the volunteers’ contact information, track how many cards they created and how many hours they spent. Then I write thank you note to them to express our appreciation for their time and efforts.

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

It has offered me an opportunity to meet other volunteers, and employees, many of whom have had interesting lives.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I love the organization and enjoy being a part of something that has so much to offer.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

DOROT often received beautiful cards from one particular volunteer on a fairly regular basis. When no cards had been received from her for a while, I sent her a note to let her know I was thinking of her and hoped that all was okay. She quickly responded that she was truly thankful to hear from me and to know that we were concerned about her well-being. She assured me that all was good - she had recently had a new grandchild and was devoting her spare time to being a grandparent.

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

This organization is just terrific and provides such important services to seniors.

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