The Alzheimer's Association is the largest non-profit health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's disease. Our VISION is a world without Alzheimer's disease. To help us achieve that vision, our MISSION is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health, and to enhance care and support for all individuals, their families and caregivers.
The Georgia Chapter has a staff of 40, located at regional offices across the state and we need your help—no matter where you live in Georgia—to join us in the fight against the disease. If you can give an hour or two once in a while, an hour or two a week, or a greater time commitment, we need you. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! Our volunteers are very special people—individuals who share with us their skills and talents, and become part of the Association team. They are individuals who allow us to leverage our resources, giving us the maximum potential in providing the best possible service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.
The Georgia Chapter utilizes volunteers in many areas. If you have a talent or interest in one specific area, we will work with you to put those skills to use. Some of the areas we use volunteers are:
"A Time To Talk" (Metro Atlanta Program)- A Time To Talk is a peer telephone support program assisting persons with early stage dementia and caregivers of dementia patients. The program provides telephone calls 2 times a month to participants who can benefit by receiving emotional support, coping strategies, or just a listening ear by someone who understands. All calls are made by volunteers who either have early memory loss or experience caring for a person with dementia.
Administrative Duties—copying, preparing mailouts, creating packets for training classes and Helpline, filing, sorting, shredding, making phone calls
Advocacy—we need individuals and groups to become informed about the issues and statistics related to Alzheimer's disease, then, as opportunities arise, help us get the word out, MOVE, ACT, VOICE—become a grassroot advocate with your local, state, or federal elected officials; respond to email advocaty alerts by emailing, calling or writing legislators from the comfort of your home, attend Public Policy Conferences and Capitol Day events, visit legislators in home district offices; and assist in the identifying new advocates.
Health/Information Fair Representative—represent the Association at various health and information fairs throughout the community—we'd like to train a minimum of one person in each county in GA to assist with this
Helpline Specialist—after thorough training, the volunteer will help to answer Helpline calls from individuals with Alzheimer's disease, family members, care professionals, or medical professionals, to make them aware of services we provide and provide them resources in their community to meet their needs
Speaker's Bureau—after thorough training, represent the Association in the community by speaking to civic clubs, church groups, school groups, businesses, etc.—we'd like to train a minimum of one person in each county in GA to assist with this
Special Events—throughout the year, we do many special events to help raise awareness and funds for the Association. These events include but are not limited to motorcycle rides, triathlons, golf tournaments, auctions/silent auctions, dinners. The signature awareness and fundraising event is our annual Memory Walk—typically done in October and November, walkers from all over GA form teams and raise pledges to support the services of the Association and research.
How to Become an Alzheimer's Association Volunteer