You can help us make it happen...a world without Alzheimer's disease
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 make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer. There are many ways to help...
If you are interested in volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association, please submit the Online Volunteer Application or complete the Paper Volunteer Application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.272.3900.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Join us for our annual Walk to End Alzheimer's to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in set up, registration, refreshment tables, route monitoring, and more.To find a Walk near you, go to www.alz.org/walk.
Learn more about the following ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Community Educator - Living with Alzheimer's
Special Event Support
General Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Early-Stage Support Group Facilitator
Advocates play an essential role in the Association’s legislative efforts by taking political action in support of our cause. All you need is the desire to share your story and have your voice heard by your elected officials. Advocates are engaged in a variety of public policy activities, such as emailing, calling or writing legislators, attending Public Policy Conferences and Capital Day events, visiting legislators in home district offices, and helping to identify new advocates.
The Alzheimer Ambassador Program is designed to enhance the Alzheimer’s Association’s federal government relations efforts through personal contact with targeted members of Congress. Ambassadors are constituents capable of building relationships with decision-makers and their staff and holding them accountable to their commitments to fighting Alzheimer’s.
Ambassadors play a critical role in helping the Alzheimer’s Association meet its federal legislative goals. They work directly with National Chicago and local staff to implement federal advocacy activities at the community level.
Ambassadors are responsible for scheduling regular in-district meetings with their U.S. Senator/Representative (or staff) to build rapport and request action on the Association’s legislative priorities.
Community Educators deliver a variety of Association-developed presentations targeted to specific audiences-- the general public, individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families, healthcare and eldercare professionals. Through these presentations, community educators discuss Alzheimer's disease and share information about local services. Training on the Association's core education programs is required. Must be an effective communicator with good public speaking skills, have basic knowledge of Alzheimer's disease, be interested in educating the public, and be able to give a minimum of 6 presentations.
In order to fulfill the demands of the role, prospective education program presenters for the "Living with Alzheimer's" education series are required to be degreed as a Masters-level mental health professional (e.g., social worker, psychologist, professional counselor) or equivalently experienced. Volunteers will deliver the following programs:
Living With Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s
Living With Alzheimer’s: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s
Living With Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Early-Stage
Living With Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Middle-Stage
Living With Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Late-Stage
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Volunteers represent the Alzheimer's Association to community, civic, and faith-based groups. They staff the Alzheimer’s Association resource tables at community health fairs and conferences, help raise awareness in the community about Alzheimer’s disease and the mission and resources of the Alzheimer’s Association. Volunteers will receive training on the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Volunteers assist with the general office duties such as answering phones, photocopying, faxing, assistance with mass mailings, filing, data entry, and aid in the overall workflow of the office.
Volunteers can assist with special events or conferences such as preparing materials, mass mailings, data entry and day-of-event/conference assistance such as registration check-in, set up, and hospitality. Another option is to volunteer for our signature event Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Volunteers are needed to participate in activities such as planning committees, thank you calls to Walk participants and day of event assistance.
An Alzheimer’s Association support group is an open gathering of people who come together to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia in a safe environment. Facilitators hold support group meetings to provide emotional, social and educational support for family members and caregivers. Facilitators must have strong listening skills and be effective communicators. Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional is preferred. Ability to be empathic, create and maintain a safe environment and redirect and facilitate discussions is also required.
The purpose of the Early-Stage Support Groups is to facilitate the process by which people with the diagnosis or their care partner/caregiver support each other and adjust to the disease process. The role of the facilitator is to create a supportive setting where group members connect with each other and benefit from the shared wisdom and experience of living with AD. Degreed as a Masters-level mental health professional (e.g., social worker, psychologist, professional counselor) or equivalent experience is required. Must have experience facilitating support groups and working with people living in the early stages of chronic illness. Experience working with people with dementia is preferred.
Physician Outreach Volunteers contact clinical practices to build relationships with physicians, educating them about the disease and about the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. Contacts are made face-to-face and via phone.
In order to fulfill the demands of the role, physician outreach volunteers are required to have a good working knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, including the ability to provide answers to common questions about diagnosis and treatment, or a strong medical background. Experience in pharmaceutical sales or working in clinical practices is preferred.