Susan Nurin - Occasional Volunteer Corps/Response Team
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I was looking for a volunteer "job" with a Jewish organization and I asked a rabbi friend to make a recommendation. I had never heard of DOROT.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
I do the "one time" appointments: Package Delivery, Birthday Visits, Cultural Outings, helping seniors' with organizing their papers and mail, escort seniors to doctors' office visits, Cemetery Visits.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
I discovered I have a comfort level interacting with seniors. I feel I am "giving back" to the older population what kindnesses were given to my mom by the aides when she was in a nursing home.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I really feel I'm doing something special and worthwhile for seniors, many of whom may otherwise have empty lives or difficulties doing basic tasks like organizing mail.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
I took a woman to the Metropolitan Opera after I learned via chatting with her on a first visit that when her husband was alive, they used to have a subscription. She was hesitant to go out on her own to Lincoln Center although she missed the opera experience a lot. I am a tremendous fan of classical music (I volunteer at the Met) so it was a mitzvah for me to see her joy at reconnecting with an old passion!
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
For me, the volunteer experience warms my heart when I see how my visit with an elderly stranger can mean so much to this person.
Anything else you would like to share?
I love DOROT because I love the work it does with a segment of the population that often is overlooked. Further, I am touched that the organization works beyond the Jewish community. I am proud to be a Jew affiliated with DOROT!
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