New York, NY (PRWEB) September 18, 2013
Over a thousand volunteers marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11 with service to the community in a series of events organized by DOROT, a social service agency dedicated to alleviating social isolation among the elderly, as part of its 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance initiative.
On September 11, war veterans, chaplains and employees of the Zinio Corporation joined DOROT seniors and volunteers at the agency’s headquarters to pack hundreds of food packages for delivery to homebound seniors. Homebound elders participated in a teleconference call entitled “Remembering Together.” And that evening, employee volunteers from the PIMCO Foundation prepared and served a special dinner at DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program transitional home for homeless older adults.
The initiative continued on Sunday, September 15, with DOROT’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and Sukkot Package Delivery. Food packages were delivered to more than 500 isolated older adults in New York City and Westchester County by volunteers of all ages, including teens, college students, families with young children, and community groups, marking the anniversary of 9/11 and celebrating the beginning of the new Jewish year with them. During their visit together, the volunteers and seniors wrote personal messages of tribute and gratitude on specially designed DOROT postcards that were delivered to first responders in the community.
“I am so proud of the fact the DOROT was able to mobilize so many volunteers to help connect the generations and build a stronger community as part of the 9-11 National Day of Service,” said Mark L. Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. “September 11th was a tragic day in the history of our country, but I am so grateful to all of the volunteers who chose to mark this day by assisting homeless seniors and helping us address the serious problem of social isolation among many of our homebound friends and neighbors.”
DOROT’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance initiative united volunteers and seniors in a nationwide effort to reflect on the day. DOROT was selected as the only New York City recipient of a three–year 9/11 Challenge Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Since 1976, DOROT has worked to alleviate social isolation among the elderly and provide 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. Visit http://www.dorotusa.org for more information.