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THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING AT THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S®

It was an incredibly successful year with over three hundred volunteers participating. We owe our success to you!

 

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Gina Stillitano

Gina was born in Beaver Falls Pennsylvania, and is a hard core Pittsburgh sports fan. She was raised in Ohio and graduated with her undergraduate and graduate degree from The University of Akron, Go Zips! After finishing graduate school, Gina moved to Chicago and lived there for 7 years before moving back to Ohio. She has been a practicing audiologist for over 10 years now and is currently working on a research project in Cleveland with patients who experience bothersome tinnitus. Gina comes from a very large, close extended family and is thankful to have wonderful relationships and be able to see them throughout the year. She also enjoys dinners with her girlfriends, which typically include amazing stories and wine. Gina has only been volunteering with us for about a year and a half, but has made an incredible impact in a variety of ways! This year, she was a part of the Central (zoo) Walk Committee as well as a Team Captain at all three Walks. In addition to volunteering for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, Gina has also participated in some educational/outreach events and has had the opportunity to answer questions and promote the programs the Alzheimer's Association provides.  She is also heavily involved with YPalz (Young Professionals of the Alzheimer’s Association). Gina states that helping to plan the first YPalz “Remember When Soiree” last year was a very incredible experience and to see all the support from her peers was amazing. She is hoping that this year's Soiree will be even better! At some point Gina would love to obtain additional education to work more directly with people who have Alzheimer's disease or volunteer on the Helpline. When asked about her favorite experience with the Alzheimer's Association so far, Gina states, “I've enjoyed every experience! I think the Walk to End Alzheimer's is an incredible event and hearing everyone's stories and connections to the disease is very emotional. Every time I have volunteered it is so amazing to see everyone's reaction when you describe all the services that the Association provides at no cost. Many people have no idea the Association provides support services and education programs to people who have dementia, care givers, volunteers or to the general public.” Gina wanted to volunteer with an organization she had a personal connection to. “I decided to volunteer in honor of my grandparents. My grandfather passed away with Alzheimer's disease and seeing a family member experience cognitive issues with a fully functioning body was very difficult. But my grandmother was his primary caretaker and I am always amazed at how strong she was. Not once did I notice her complain or say she needed a break. She constantly displayed unconditional love, grace and strength.” Gina has also worked with patients with dementia and mentions how devastating it is to see the impact of this disease on a family. “I look forward to a world without Alzheimer's and am happy to be spreading awareness.”

 

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Our volunteers are passionate, inspired and want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer.

YPalz
Young Professionals of the Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter (YPalz) is a group of young professionals in the greater Cleveland area who share the goals of eliminating Alzheimer's disease and supporting the Alzheimer's Association through social and community engagement, building awareness about the disease, and raising funds for the Association. Join YPalz in their efforts by attending one of their monthly planning meetings or any of their upcoming social events!

Dementia Friendly Task Force
Help us make the Cleveland area more dementia friendly by identifying and conducting outreach to target community groups to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease/services and help them better serve those with the disease. Click HERE for a printable flyer.

Fundraising/Event
Assist development team in seeking in-kind donations, participate on a planning committee for major fundraising, volunteer for various events throughout the year, collaborate to build partnerships with local companies, and/or plan/organize an external event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Education/Outreach
Cultivate community relationships and attend health fairs as a representative of the Alzheimer's Association to share information about the disease and services. Training required.

Office
Assist with miscellaneous projects at the office (8:30am - 4:30pm), including phone calls, data entry, mailings, etc.

Paint the Town Purple
Help increase awareness throughout the Greater Cleveland Area through promoting our free services in targeted locations each month

Advocacy
Promote the advocacy message by representing the association at local outreach or fundraising events and participating in national advocacy events such as Memory Day. Assist in the office with tasks such as making follow up calls to new advocates, entering new advocates into the organization database, and more. Training Required

 

START THE NEW YEAR ON A NEW COMMITTEE

The Longest Day®

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Longest Day® is a sunrise-to-sunset team event to raise funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Team Engagement: Coach teams to success, retain participants, monthly team captain check in, and attend various The Longest Day Events throughout the community
  • Team Recruitment: Engage new Longest Day teams, including companies, schools, civic groups, and friends & family.
  • Marketing and Outreach: Increase awareness of The Longest Day in the community, contact media to attend events and promote The Longest Day, and develop grassroots marketing efforts
  • Cultivate relationships with Team Captains and provide coaching and ideas on how to raise funds, recruit team members and plan their day
  • Participate in monthly meetings or conference calls with other Planning Committee members and staff

For more information, please contact Signature Events Manager, Katie Mang or 216.342.5593.

Help us Kick Off The Longest Day 2017 at Market Garden Brewery on Thursday, February 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Join us as we gather past and future teams for the Alzheimer’s Association’s second signature event, The Longest Day®, to celebrate last year’s success and kick off this year’s events! Heavy appetizers will be served. Happy hour drinks will be available for purchase.  Learn more & RSVP to Katie Mang or 216-342-5593.

 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

September and October 2017

Committees for the Lake County, Lorain County and Cuyahoga County Walks are available.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions!

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Planning committee members meet once a month to collaborate on Team Recruitment, Team Retention, Marketing, Sponsorship, Event Experience and Mission related activities.
  • Committee support and Committee leadership opportunities are available for 2017.

For more information, please contact Signature Events Manager, Katie Mang, or 216.342.5593.

HOW TO SIGN UP

Step 1: Complete the Online Volunteer Application.
(If you wish to return the application by mail, scan, or fax, you may click here to print a hard copy version of the application.)

Step 2: Attend a 2-hour information session. Click here  to learn more!

Questions regarding volunteering or the application process?
Contact Marcy Seidel, Volunteer Coordinator at
mseidel@alz.org tel 216-342-5596 or fax 216.831.8585


 

Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.