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Volunteer Opportunities for Schools and Youth Organizations

DOROT works with approximately 160 different schools and youth organizations each year, engaging students in preschool through high school in meaningful volunteer opportunities, intergenerational workshops, and service-learning projects. We can help you craft and coordinate a program that best fits the needs of students and educators. Consultation by DOROT staff is provided for educators, including pre- and post-program activities. Programs may take place at DOROT or at your school or agency, depending on circumstances. For more information, please contact Judith Turner, Director of Volunteer Services, at (212) 769-2850.

Holiday Package Delivery Programs

Deliver Food Packages and Visit with the Elderly

Grades: 6–12
Time Commitment: 3 hours
For Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover, middle school and high school students deliver holiday packages (provided by DOROT) to seniors and stay for a visit. Orientation is provided.

Pack Holiday Food Packages

Grades: 4–8
Time Commitment: 2 hours
Prior to each Holiday Package Delivery, school groups join DOROT seniors to help pack 500 food packages.

Run a Food or Tzedakah Drive for Holiday Packages

At each Holiday Package Delivery program, we aim to have all the food items donated. Help us reach our goal! Run a food drive or a tzedakah drive at your school or agency to benefit DOROT seniors. For a list of items needed for an upcoming delivery, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at (212) 769-2850.



Intergenerational Workshops

Round-Robin Intergenerational Program

Grades: Kindergarten–5th
Workshop Time: 1.5 hours
Number of Sessions: 1
Students receive an age-appropriate orientation and then divide into three or four stations within the room. At each station, students spend ten minutes participating in a different activity with a senior before moving onto the next station. For example, students may conduct a brief oral history interview at one station, make holiday or birthday cards at a second station, and learn how to make origami at a third station.

Visiting Workshops at DOROT

Grades: 6–12
Workshop Time: Usually 3 hours (but adaptable to specific circumstances)
Number of Sessions: 1 or 2
Students receive an orientation about DOROT, our clients, and how to make a visit to a senior. Groups of two to three students then visit seniors in their homes.

University Without Walls Workshop

Grades: 6–12
Workshop Time: 1.5 hours
Number of Sessions: 1 or 2
Students receive an introduction to DOROT’s telephone communities through a video and an interactive conference call with a few homebound seniors.



Ongoing Service-Learning Programs

Visiting Programs

Grades: 6–12
Workshop Time: 2 hours
Number of Sessions: Minimum of four visits
By initiating ongoing relationships between teens and seniors, the Visiting Program offers a meaningful way for students to learn and grow through intergenerational discussions and friendship. The visits translate principle into action, relieving the elders’ isolation and connecting them to the younger generation and the community. Students can make home visits or meet their older friend at DOROT or at their school.

Intergenerational Discussion Groups via Telephone Conference Calls

Grades: 6–12
Workshop Time: 1 hour
Number of Sessions: Minimum of four phone sessions
Students participate in an interactive conference call with homebound seniors for intergenerational discussions on a variety of topics. Discussion themes may include history, practice of a foreign language, poetry, and short fiction. Students can be trained to plan and facilitate phone sessions. Students can also be matched with seniors for one-on-one phone pal relationships.

Jewish Service-Learning Programs

Grades: 6–12 and families
Workshop Time: 2 hours
Number of Sessions: Minimum of four visits
DOROT partners with local schools, synagogues, and youth organizations to implement Jewish service-learning programs that integrate classroom learning with home visits to DOROT seniors. The visits are done in chevruta; as a team—two to three students visit a DOROT senior in his or her home.

By initiating ongoing relationships between teens and seniors, the program offers a meaningful way for the students to learn and grow through intergenerational discussions and friendship. In the classroom, teens gain an understanding of aging issues and community activism through a Jewish lens. DOROT offers curriculum guides as well as teacher training and consulting options.



Card Making Project

DOROT mails over 200 birthday cards a month and thousands of holiday cards each year to isolated and frail seniors. Handmade cards let seniors know they have not been forgotten. You Can Help!

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