New York, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
On Sunday, April 6, 2014 hundreds of volunteers will band together to distribute food to almost 500 frail older adults who reside in Manhattan and Westchester County during DOROT’s Passover Package Delivery. In addition to delivering the kosher for Passover food, the volunteers will stay and visit with the seniors for an hour, providing them with welcome company and relief from their isolation.
DOROT volunteers donate their time and participate as individuals, families, and in large community and workplace groups. This event offers opportunities for volunteers to have a meaningful and impactful experience with a senior. Families with young children are invited to DOROT’s Family Circle program before the visit with their older friend, where they make cards for them. Businesses and educational establishments are encouraged to volunteer in groups, which allows for networking and reconnecting with others, such as in the case of alumni groups.
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 – 11:30 AM at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Avenue East, in Rye.
“Seniors with mobility issues experience difficulty with everyday life, and they have been greatly restricted by the long winter that has kept them indoors and increased their loneliness” said Mark L. Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. “At Passover, a holiday steeped in tradition, these older adults feel the burden of their isolation even more, as they are unable to rejoice in the festival of Passover or cook for themselves. Our dedicated volunteers remind the seniors that they are valued members of society, offer them a connection to the community, and help them observe the holiday. As many seniors are on fixed incomes, they sacrifice their traditions due to the increased cost of kosher for Passover food. Providing these package deliveries and time with caring volunteers is DOROT’s way of helping older adults celebrate the holiday.”
DOROT’s Holiday Package Deliveries program, now in its 38th year, brings hundreds of volunteers from all backgrounds 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.