Offer older adults a sense of security and understanding in visiting the cemetery to pay their respects to loved ones. This is your opportunity to have an extraordinary impact on their lives. Volunteers for this unique program provide physical and emotional support, from help navigating the walk through the cemetery to the sharing of memories. Visits are carefully planned – DOROT staff arrange car service transportation, train volunteers and provide cemetery maps and other helpful tools. Cemetery Visits take place between May and July.
Our Manhattan volunteers gather at DOROT at 8:30 a.m. on several Wednesdays in June and July. After breakfast and orientation, they take pre-arranged car services to pick up registered older adults. Most volunteers assist two clients visiting the same or nearby cemeteries. Cars typically return to Manhattan by 2:00 p.m.
Our Westchester Cemetery Visit program takes place over the course of a few set dates in May and June. Volunteers travel directly from their homes to the homes of participating seniors; from there, they travel together to the cemetery and back using a pre-arranged car service. Volunteers receive all training and needed information in advance of the scheduled visit days.
This is a meaningful opportunity for adult volunteers who are comfortable spending time with seniors one-on-one or in a small group.
Here’s what Cemetery Visit volunteers have to say about their experience:
“The visitors I accompanied were all incredibly grateful to DOROT for arranging the day. Although it is never an easy day for all, I could see it brought a lot of comfort and peace.” – Sarah C
“This is the most well-organized, best thought-out volunteer activity I have ever participated in (and I volunteer a lot)!” – Baylor F.
Time Commitment: Availability for the full day, approximately 8:30am – 3:30pm on the day of the event (though most return earlier).
Requirements: Valid US government-issued photo ID, volunteer orientation, references and background check.
Next steps: E-mail us