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Zafer Uysal — Friendly Visiting

Zafer Uysal How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?

Since April 2012

How did you get involved with DOROT?

I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan. I see seniors in my neighborhood carrying heavy shopping bags. I wanted to help them, so I contacted a volunteer organization in Brooklyn to help over the weekends. They needed volunteers for weekdays only, so I started to research alternatives and found DOROT through an internet search, and DOROT needed volunteers for the weekends.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

Friendly Visits.

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

I have new friends now. I started to learn more about art due to Museum Visits and many more experiences.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I don’t call it volunteering anymore. I am meeting with my friend Ed every Sunday and we go to museums, parks and have brunch. We are having a good time together.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

I’d like to share two of them:

Ed and I went to the Whitney Museum at 10 AM, but they open at 11AM on Sundays. We decided to have breakfast until they opened the museum. I was reading the menu to Ed. I asked him, “What would you like to drink? Coffee, OJ, Tea?” Ed said, “I want beer.” Neither the waiter nor I was expecting that. I told him I will take him out one night for a drink but asked him to choose a non–alcoholic beverage that time.

My parents live in Turkey. I talk to my mom a few times a week and she brings the conversation to marriage every time, and asks me when I’ll get married. You know moms. I called her again on a Sunday and she asked me the same question again, then I met Ed later the same day. At the end of my visit with Ed, he asked me the same question, “When will you get married?” I told him I moved to U.S to escape from my mom and her pressure. He laughed. FYI : Both Mom & Ed still ask the question.

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

On behalf of DOROT and seniors, I want to thank all volunteers for their time and building a sense of community.

Anything else you would like to share?

I want also to thank the DOROT family for giving me the opportunity to give back to the community.

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