If people volunteered doing things outside their comfort area, it would do so much to help people understand each other better in this world.
To say Doris Sweet supports her local PBS station is an understatement. For the last 30 years, she has not only donated monetarily during pledge drives on Maryland Public Television, but also given her time as a volunteer supervisor, coordinating and training non-profit volunteers to answer phones.
Beyond pledge drives, she is an event ambassador for events the station put on around their programming and volunteers to help producers during testimonial photo shoots.
“I think that PBS is absolutely crucial for communities,” Doris said. “There needs to be a place for commercial free, unbiased, well researched documentaries, special programming, and local programing. PBS is important for all communities and that is why I volunteer there.”
Her volunteerism doesn’t stop there though. Doris also travels internationally to participate in volunteer service projects. She has taken 35 of these trips where she builds homes, teaches English, and assists orphanages. In the last year alone she traveled to Columbia, Peru, and Nicaragua for service projects.
“My experiences end up being so rewarding and humbling,” said Doris. “When you see how others have so much less you, but still exude such joy and happiness to be alive, it makes you realize what you have and how much we take things for granted.”
In her spare time Doris is active in the arts community, serving as an usher at the local theater. She also enjoys reading. Her grandson Don, who also does international volunteer projects, will be joining her on the cruise.