Hundreds of DOROT Volunteers to Serve Frail Seniors

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DOROT Package Delivery Will Bring Companionship and Passover Foods to Isolated Older Adults

Help Elders Celebrate Passover

DOROT provides kosher for Passover food which our volunteers deliver when they visit. It is our way of helping older adults rejoice in the festival of Passover.

Several hundred volunteers will alleviate the social isolation of over 500 frail older adults residing in Manhattan and Westchester County during DOROT’s Passover Package Delivery on Sunday, March 17, 2013. The volunteers, ranging in age from young children to seniors, will visit with each elder for an hour, providing companionship and conversation to seniors who find themselves increasingly confined as they age. The volunteers will also deliver packages containing kosher for Passover foods, ensuring that older adults can maintain cherished holiday traditions.

The distribution will take place from 10:00 AM to noon at DOROT, 171 West 85th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues) and from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Avenue East, in Rye.

“Holidays in particular are difficult times for older adults, especially if they have outlived their friends and family,” said Mark L. Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. “Our dedicated volunteers provide a connection to the community, reminding our older friends that we value and care about them. Recognizing that fixed incomes can require seniors to sacrifice tradition in the face of Passover expenses, DOROT provides kosher for Passover food which our volunteers deliver when they visit. It is our way of helping older adults rejoice in the festival of Passover, a holiday that evokes vivid memories that many of them are eager to share.”

DOROT's Holiday Package Deliveries program, now in its 37th year, brings hundreds of volunteers to the homes of frail older adults to help dispel their loneliness. DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals.

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