Meet our March Volunteer of the Month: Dorothy Desmond
March 2, 2017
Dorothy was born & raised in Wilmington, DE, graduated from Barnard College & Boston Univ. Law School. She practiced law in New Hampshire & Boston, MA from 1977 to 2014 when she mostly retired & moved back to Brooklyn. Between college & law school, she was a VISTA volunteer in Houston, TX, & worked for Harper & Row Publishers, College Division in NYC (which is when she first lived in Brooklyn, in Park Slope). She is a widow with one daughter & two stepchildren & love, love, love being a grandmother!
1. How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?
I had a friend in Boston when I lived there who was the treasurer of 826 Boston & she invited me to attend Bagels & Books, a fundraiser, and then roped me into selling tickets to other fundraising events & promoting 826 Boston as a worthy charity to friends, acquaintances & my clients. Because I was working full-time then, I didn’t have time to do any volunteering beyond that but when I moved to Brooklyn in 2014, I looked for 826 here because I was semi-retired and had time to volunteer.
2. What’s your favorite part of volunteering at 826NYC?
I love the interaction with the children &, as an avid reader myself, helping introduce them to a love of books & to trying new things. I wish I had better creative writing skills myself so that I could help them better tap into their amazing imaginations & put those ideas on paper.
3. What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
I am a mostly retired lawyer so some days I am still doing legal work. But what I really love is theater & I see as many plays each season as I can afford. I live in the same house as my daughter & her family and help her & my grandson with his after-school activities. I also read both fiction & non-fiction books every evening & 2 newspapers daily.
4. What advice would you give a new volunteer?
Be patient & kind & have realistic expectations for what you & the kids can achieve each day. But every day is a new adventure & sometimes a very surprising one!
5. What are your superpowers?
I can see the future!