The Universal Benefits of Volunteering Between Generations

By Mark L. Meridy

Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Fall 2010

The author of this article is the Executive Director of DOROT, which works to address social isolation and enhance the lives of the elderly by bringing the generations together. He states that as the Jewish community seeks ways to meaningfully engage a growing population of older adults, many of them mobility impaired and isolated, the role of volunteers has become increasingly important. Volunteers both young and old can stretch the capacity of social service agencies and communal organizations by offering additional points of contact with the elders they serve. Emissaries of a caring community, volunteers provide benefits that even family cannot.

Topic: Programming, Youth, Communal Responsibility, Meaning, Volunteerism, Holidays, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Editor: Valley, Eli

Volume/Issue: Vol.13/no.1

Page Number(s): 6-7

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Genre: Popular Periodical

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Meridy, Mark L. The Universal Benefits of Volunteering Between Generations. Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Fall 2010: 6-7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12109


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