Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association! Your efforts make a difference!
Pamela Blount Named 2013 Health and Wellness Champion
Alzheimer’s Association volunteer Pamela Blount was honored as the 2013 Health and Wellness Champion by the Baltimore County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
The award is presented for dedication and service in the areas of improved quality of life for seniors or youth or increasing access to preventative health care. Pamela was recognized for her 200 plus hours of service over the past year and her commitment to excellence as a helpline specialist for the Association’s 24/7 Helpline.
The goal of a Helpline Specialist is to engage callers, establish a rapport, identify the caller’s needs/problem, and allow callers to express their feelings through unconditional empathy and genuineness. Helpline specialists may refer callers to local resources, including long-term placement, medical, legal, financial, etc.
Anyone interested in serving as a Helpline Specialist can call 1.800.272.3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo L-R: Tonee Lawson, RSVP project director; Pamela Blount; Joanne Williams, director, Baltimore County Department of Aging
Celebrating National Volunteer Week
Volunteering is a Maryland tradition, reaching as far back as 1633 when the Maryland Charter established its first militia. Alzheimer's Association volunteers have continued this custom serving more than 8,114 hours valued at more than $185,000 in Greater Maryland in the past year.
“What you do with us matters more than we can express,” said Sally Drumm, volunteer coordinator, at a recognition event on April 26 in Pikesville, Md.
Cass Naugle, executive director, read a governor’s proclamation honoring the Association’s recognition of the more than 250 Greater Maryland volunteers.
Volunteers serve as:
• Helpline Specialists
• Support Group Facilitators
• Event and Committee Volunteers
• Young Professionals for Alzheimer’s Awareness Members
• Community Outreach Volunteers
• Education Program Presenters
• Administrative/Office Support Volunteers and Public Policy Ambassadors
The following volunteers reached milestones in 2013:
Julie Hile 10 years
Phyllis Baird 11 years
Sue Grott 11 years
Pat Stein 12 years
Kathy Siggins Brooks 14 years
Mary Faith Ferretto 14 years
Ruth Wales 15 years
Nicholas Walker 15 years
Sharon Baker 16 years
Janet Yellowitz 17 years
Lisa Kovens Harris 18 years
Rae Ann Butler 18 years
Suzanne Dillman 19 years
Barbara Pumphrey 20 years
Sandy Millner 22 years
Kay Seiler 28 years
Helpline volunteers serve thousands of Marylanders each year.
Our Advocacy Ambassadors work on public policy efforts locally and in D.C.
Our Walk volunteers help us create a welcoming environment.
Ways to Get Involved: Always something for everyone!
The Alzheimer’s Association provides vital services and support to individuals’ families and care partners in the community. Volunteers contribute in all aspects of the organization including program services, education, advocacy and development. Training is available for our volunteer positions.
Help shape laws at the federal, state or local level by talking with legislators and educating them about Alzheimer-related issues. Association advocates have successfully raised government funds for Alzheimer's research and improved access to care and support services for people in their communities. Join us as an advocate.
Mission Enhancement Center Volunteer: Stop in and help make phone calls, prepare mailings and packets, type, file or other needed office-related services at our Timonium location. Most volunteers are “on-call” Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Community Outreach Volunteers: Attend local health fairs, social events, sporting events, charity campaigns and other public venues to provide information about Alzheimer’s disease, our services, and ways to give back. This is a great way to learn about Alzheimer's and serve your community. Training and materials provided. Locations and times vary. Some events are held out of doors. Age 21 and older.
Community Outreach Education Presenter: Be trained to provide brief educational presentations in your community about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association’s services. Flexible times. One year commitment. Age 21 and older.
Helpline Specialist: Extensive training provided to answer calls relating to Alzheimer’s and other dementias and give support and referrals to callers at our Timonium office. One year commitment. Age 21 and older.
Fundraising Events: Be a part of the excitement at various fundraising events from our Memory Balls to one of our six Walks to End Alzheimer's. There are many ways to get involved, from planning committees to day-of-event helpers. All ages welcome on event day. This is a great way for students to get community service hours.
Support Group Facilitator: Educate people about dementia and care options, offer helpful advice on a variety of topics, and provide support at monthly meetings. As a Support Group Facilitator, you will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as research in the field and, services that are available to people who live with the disease. Consistency is vital to the success of any support group. For that reason, volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one year as a facilitator of a monthly support group.
The purpose of the support group is to:
- Educate people about dementia and care options
- Offer helpful advice about issues such as behaviors, safety, legal and financial matters
- Inform participants about the array of services that the Alzheimer’s Association offers to caregivers and people with dementia
- Provide mutual support in an accepting and supportive atmosphere
Young Professionals: Join a committed group of young professionals in increasing awareness of Alzheimer's. Learn more about YPAA here.
Fax to 410.561.3433, email email@example.com, call 1.800272.3900 or mail your completed application to:
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
1850 York Road, Suite D
Timonium, MD 21093