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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...

Volunteer Application
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 mmroberts@alz.org or call 800.272.3900.



Current opportunities

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee
Help us make the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's a success as a planning committee member for one of the Walks throughout our Chapter territory. We are seeking devoted, passionate and energetic individuals and have various opportunities that may suit your talents. For more information, please call 402.420.2540.

Lincoln
We are looking for volunteers for the following committees: Sponsorship, Teams, Marketing & Outreach, Mission, Logistics, and Volunteer Coordination. Meetings will begin in early 2015 and are every month and a half with your committee chair. The date for the Lincoln Walk to End Alzheimer's is set for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Please call or email 2015 Lincoln Walk Chair, Lori at lori.wakalz@aol.com, 402.420.2540.




Ongoing Opportunities

Learn more about the following ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Advocate
Ambassador
Community Educator
Community Educator - Living with Alzheimer's
Association Representative
Administrative
Special Event Support
General Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Early-Stage Support Group Facilitator
Physician Outreach

Advocate:

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. 

Ambassador:

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 Educator:

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.

Community Educator - Living with Alzheimer's:

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
Read the complete Job Description.

Association Representative:

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.  

Administrative:

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.  

Special Event Support:

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. 

General Caregiver Support Group Facilitator:

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. 

Early-Stage Support Group Facilitator:

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:

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.

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