New York, NY (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
On Sunday, April 6, 2014, more than 500 seniors received visits and holiday packages from volunteers as part of DOROT’s Passover Package Delivery. Hundreds of volunteers united to connect with their elderly neighbors, helping them celebrate the Passover holiday. Occurring simultaneously in Manhattan and Westchester County, this annual event is a highlight for volunteers and older adults. Many lasting relationships have been formed from these visits.
DOROT’s Passover Package Delivery provides an opportunity for volunteers of all ages to make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors. Volunteer participants include families that make visits together, individuals, and large workplace and community associations. This year, 20 groups participated, half of which were comprised of alumni and young professional societies that brought over 150 volunteers together for a networking opportunity before their visits.
“I started volunteering because I wanted to make a difference in my community. You know immediately that you are impacting the life of the senior with the visit; it is a simple act and they appreciate the time shared long after you’ve left,” said a DOROT volunteer.
“After the event, I frequently hear from volunteers who inform me how surprised they were at how easy it was to visit with the older adults,” said Mark Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. “Most DOROT programs include a volunteer element –and we ensure that these volunteers have a meaningful experience. Many return year after year to participate, and they often request a return visit to a senior they have already met through DOROT. The volunteers make lasting bonds with isolated seniors in our community.”
DOROT, 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.