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Opportunities for Volunteers 65+

Are you interested in a new kind of volunteer experience? Join DOROT's intergenerational summer programs where adults 65+ and teens come together to learn new perspectives and find common ground. Meet thoughtful teens and other energetic older adults. Enjoy fun and laughter while forming new and unexpected bonds.

Here's what past 65+ Volunteers have shared:

“I found a place where it doesn’t matter how old I am. We can talk about anything. I’ve found friends of all ages!” Jack B.

“The teens in this program are clever, caring and wise and help the seniors think differently about our lives.” Harriet R. 


Program Information:

Two 4-week sessions run from the end of June – mid August.

Workshops are offered during the day on Mondays – Thursdays. Both Virtual and In-Person Workshops will be available, in-person three days a week at DOROT headquarters  (171 W 85th Street) and virtually one day a week via Zoom. 

Each workshop welcomes about ten teens and ten 65+ volunteers.

Summer 2022 Virtual Programs (via Zoom) include:

  • Jewish Perspectives: Connect the stories of our sages to our own stories and make Jewish traditional text relevant to our everyday life.
  • Brain Games: Lively and fun sessions of intergenerational gameplay!
  • Story Circles: Gather to share personal experiences around different themes Creative Writing a chance to create and share with a diverse group!

Summer 2022 In-Person Programs (at DOROT Headquarters) include:

  • Crafts: Create connections and chat while drawing, needle pointing and more.
  • COVID-19 Discussion Group: A series of meaningful intergenerational conversations connected to our COVID-19 experience and healing.
  • Playbuilding: Experience dramatic writing and improvisation to share your insights through collaborative theatre work across generations.
  • And so much more!

We are monitoring COVID safety recommendations and making plans for hybrid summer programming: Three days a week will be in-person at DOROT headquarters (W 171st Street) and one day a week will be virtual programming via Zoom. All participants for onsite programming need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including booster shot.


Age: 65+

Time Commitment: A 60-90 minute group session once or twice per week for 4 weeks.

Requirements: Valid US government-issued photo ID, volunteer orientation and  references. Background check for Zoom programming.

Next Steps: Are you a new volunteer? Please sign up for an upcoming Volunteer Orientation and Information Session. If you are currently a DOROT volunteer and have already attended an orientation, please register for a workshop HERE.

For more information, please email

Know a teen interested in participating in Intergenerational Programs? Find out more information HERE.