We are pleased to award this year’s Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence to DOROT. Their ongoing commitment to intergenerational solutions for issues affecting seniors in New York exemplifies the ideals this award seeks to promote.
The award ceremony will take place at the National Press Club on May 16 in conjunction with 2015 Eisner Prize winner Generations United. In addition to the Eisner Prize conferral, Generations United will release a report on the state of intergenerational unity in the U.S. and discuss key findings.
DOROT was founded in 1976 by a group of Columbia University graduate students and alumni who were concerned about the plight of the homebound elderly “hidden” in apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They banded together to locate and visit these frail, isolated men and women, delivering food and spending time in conversation. These young adults forged a loving bond between the generations, which is reflected in the name they chose: DOROT, the Hebrew word for “generations.”
From these beginnings arose a multi-service agency mobilizing thousands of volunteers of all ages and offering numerous services for older adults. These include, in addition to their hallmark Friendly Visiting program, a transformative Homelessness Prevention Program; Kosher Meals for the Homebound; a yearly cycle of holiday food package deliveries; a robust internship program; and University Without Walls, an innovative teleconference program started in 1989.
Many of the frail elders they serve have outlived or lost touch with their families and friends. As the aging population in this country undergoes a period of unprecedented growth, more and more isolated older adults will require the kinds of services that DOROT offers.
DOROT’s intergenerational mission encourages volunteers to engage with older adults and create meaningful connections. Whether it is through DOROT’s prestigious Summer Teen Internship, Intergenerational Chess, or Family Circle visiting programs, DOROT’s caring professionals ensure that every generation has the opportunity to get involved in strengthening the community. DOROT’s work does more than provide services to older adults; it brings the generations together.
The Eisner Foundation is proud to honor DOROT’s good work with the Eisner Prize, and to add them to our growing group of intergenerational models.Back to News and Events Directory