Izzy Dorfman - Maryland Interview by Claire Plath Nomination by Mark Dorfman Photography by Erica Land Photography Issue 34 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Aside from her love of dance and infectious laughter, Izzy Dorfman has a passion for helping others. Izzy, who has been concerned about hunger issues since she was a seven-year old girl packing food for the Hunger Project, learned of the shocking number of local families that were experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Putting her time in quarantine to good use, Izzy co-founded an online business designing and selling face masks. In addition to helping to combat the spread of COVID-19 (with a bit of style, of course), her new business, Mask’d, donates a portion of the proceeds from each mask sold to No Kid Hungry. Izzy has also baked and decorated countless birthday cakes for underprivileged children.
Tell me about your business Mask’d that you founded with your best friend and how it has helped others during this COVID-19 pandemic. My best friend, Samantha and I were looking for a way to give back to the community during our time in quarantine. We found a way to express our creativity, encourage people to wear masks, and donate to No Kid Hungry.
How has your business impacted No Kid Hungry and different families in need? 20% of our proceeds are donated to No Kid Hungry, an amazing organization that helps families-especially during this time when many kids no longer have access to the meals they would be getting in school.
What do you love most about dance and when did you start dancing? I’ve been dancing since I could walk. When I was a little girl I loved getting to put on a fancy tutu and have fun with my friends. Now, it has become a great way for me to express myself. How has your hard work and dedication impacted all that you are involved in and who you are as a person? Not everything I do comes easily to me. I sometimes have to work a little harder to achieve my goals. But I rarely get discouraged and am not afraid of putting in extra effort. These challenges remind me to be compassionate to my friends and others in the community who are struggling and inspires me to have the patience to encourage and try to help them,
What does it mean to you to leave an impact on others through the difference you are making in people’s lives and in your community? I recognize that I have been fortunate and feel it comes with an obligation to help those who have had fewer advantages.
As an inspiration, what advice would you give to someone in regard to the current pandemic who is in a similar situation as you to spread positivity? Although I sometimes feel restless having to stay at home during the pandemic, I generally view being able to stay home as an opportunity to spend more time with my family and catching up with old friends through social media. I feel lucky that I live in such a happy home and don’t have a job that requires me to go out and put myself in harm's way.
Izzy will be featured in issue 34 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!