At the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, all of our activities and sponsored events are made possible by the assistance of volunteers. Available volunteer opportunities in each of our four office regions are listed below.
The first step is to download the Volunteer Application and Release Form, complete it, and return it to Melissa Goodson to brainstorm about which volunteer opportunity best matches your time and talents.
Dementia Care Support Group Facilitators
The Alzheimer's Association is looking for confident, self motivated individuals to facilitate our Dementia Caregiver Support Groups. These groups are designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings each month. We are looking to expand our facilitator base to add additional groups throughout our area.
The Alzheimer’s Association is looking for people who want to make a difference. The Association hosts local Walk to End Alzheimer’s throughout the nation. We need volunteers of all ages with a variety of skills and a passion for the cause! There is a role for everyone, from recruiting and motivating teams, to soliciting sponsors, to marketing and outreach opportunities, to mission integration, and finally planning the day of event logistics. If you have a specific talent, want to learn new skills or just want to help end this devastating disease, please contact our walk team at firstname.lastname@example.org . To learn more about specific Walk volunteer opportunities, view our Walk Committee Positions at a Glance.
Are you a good public speaker? Are you comfortable talking to a group? If so, the Alzheimer’s Association is looking for you. Our Volunteer Program Presenters run scheduled community education meetings on different aspects of the disease to increase dementia awareness and knowledge in our local communities. Upon completion of your training, you will be able to effectively use that knowledge and educate your community about Alzheimer’s disease.
Helpline Follow-up Caller
The Alzheimer’s Association's 24/7 Helpline is a free telephone service that offers emotional support to callers and provides information about Alzheimer’s, care giving concerns, chapter services, and referrals to community services. As a trained Volunteer Helpline Follow-up Call Specialist, you will be able to use your learned knowledge and experience to provide support and reassurance to those who are impacted by Alzheimer’s. *Training, supervision, and in-services provided by the chapter.
The Alzheimer's Association is looking for confident, self motivated people to work in our offices. This volunteer opportunity would include answering multi-line phones, running copies, putting together packets, assisting with mailings, organizing projects, and doing data entry. If you need a more flexible schedule, consider becoming a project based office volunteer - to be on call for projects requiring additional assistance.
Public Policy Advocate or Ambassador
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that gets you into the world of Public Policy? Alzheimer’s public policy advocates receive monthly emails about happenings in congress with links to send an email to your congressman. This is an easy and effective way to remind our legislators about this disease. Those looking to dive deeper into Public Policy can become Alzheimer’s Ambassadors, attending meetings with congressional staff, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper or your local congressman, making phone calls to urge support, and elevating Alzheimer’s awareness with our public policy makers.
Advocacy Support-Twitter Posts
The Alzheimer’s Association is looking for self-motivated individuals with good writing skills who are familiar with social media, specifically Twitter. You will be tweeting at members of congress to create awareness around Alzheimer’s. General information about Alzheimer’s will be provided, along with sample tweets. This opportunity is one that can be done outside the office. You will be Tweeting 3-4 times a week (approximately 2 hours per week), from your twitter profile and then reporting those tweets sent into our reporting software. Training will be provided by the Association.
Online Content Creator
1-2 volunteers needed per region
Volunteer will post upcoming chapter events to community calendars in their area. Job can be done remotely or in the office. All materials will be provided by the chapter. Some Google research may be necessary. Ideal candidate will possess good writing skills, as well as basic computer & internet skills. Position will require approximately 2-4 hours a month.
10+ volunteers needed per region
We need volunteers who are willing to be interviewed by the news media on a number of topics and experiences, including, but not limited to, living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, past experiences and involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer or event participant and more. We are looking for anyone who is comfortable speaking on these topics, whether you are currently living with the disease, are currently caring for someone living with the disease, or have cared for someone living with the disease in the past. Candidates will receive training and talking points, and the Chapter Communications Director will act as the liaison between the spokesperson and the interviewer, obtaining permission and providing information about any interview opportunities prior to being contacted by the media. Public speaking or previous interview experience is not necessary, but is a plus.
Social Media Content Creator
1-2 volunteers needed, can be any region
Volunteer will work closely with the Chapter Communications Director to create content for Social Media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus. Volunteer will receive training and social media policies to review, and will have the ability to add content to a queue which will be overseen and moderated by chapter staff. Ideal candidate will possess excellent writing skills, will be comfortable using computers and social media channels mentioned above, and will be self-motivated and comfortable working independently from home. Position will require approximately 1-2 hours per week, which can be completed anytime. All candidates must submit a resume and writing sample, and will undergo an interview process.
Our chapter is excited to host regional Volunteer Recognition Events each April to honor the amazing contribution of all of our dedicated volunteers.
Chapter awards Bob Gundy the Ruth Michelhaugh Lifetime Achievement Award
Bob Gundy is the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He was a tireless caregiver to his wife Wanda and brings the same devotion to his volunteering. He’s raised an unprecedented $60,000 for the Muskegon Walks to End Alzheimer’s. He also volunteers as a support group facilitator, helping caregivers through their journey with Alzheimer’s. His dedication and determination are an inspiration. Thank you so much, Bob!
2016 Regional Volunteers of the Year
Capital Area Region - Nancy Campbell
South Central Region - Tammy Jewell
South West Region - Julie Williams Hillhouse
West Shore Region - Peggy Anderson and Shelby State Bank