Zoe Markowitz - Next Generation, DOROT’s Teen Leadership Council
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
I have been a DOROT volunteer since 2012, so almost five years now.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I got involved with DOROT for my Bat Mitzvah project. I initially started volunteering with my mom and have been hooked ever since.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
Currently, I go on friendly visits to seniors and serve on The Next Generation Teen Council. For the past three years, I have volunteered at the DOROT Thanksgiving Banquet and loved it! In addition, I have done package deliveries, provided technology assistance and have gone on birthday visits.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
To put it simply, my life is more fulfilled because of DOROT. There are people I have met through my visits that I cannot imagine my life without. I have learned about the world through a multitude of fascinating perspectives. I am most thankful for the wonderful people that I have met through DOROT and the diversity of thought I have experienced.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I am motivated to continue volunteering at DOROT because I know there are so many interesting people I have yet to meet. I am also motivated to deepen my relationships with the people I have already met.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
I have so many memorable volunteer moments! I can’t pick just one. As I said before, I adore the annual DOROT Thanksgiving Banquet. There is nothing as fun as dancing with the seniors and other volunteers after the meal. I have also been lucky enough to have great relationships with several of the seniors I have visited. Every other week, I visit Sandy and we have the best time together. This past summer, she visited me at the Clinton Campaign Headquarters where I volunteered and we had so much fun. I have also maintained a close relationship with the first two seniors I ever visited, Leon and Lili. They have told me inspiring stories of their resilience, strength and love for one another. They even came to my Bat Mitzvah years ago!
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
I would like other volunteers to know that working with DOROT not only benefits the senior, but also strongly benefits the volunteer. It is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have.
Anything else you would like to share?
I can attribute some of my best and most memorable High School experiences to my time at DOROT. I really mean that. The DOROT staff is amazing and I thank them for their time, effort, and dedication in making DOROT such a fabulous organization.
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