Volunteers are the cornerstone of any great organization and we’re looking for positive and enthusiastic people to join us in our mission. Join the 1,200+ volunteers teaming up with our devoted staff at the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pa Chapter! Whether you have 1 hour or 100 hours to give…this is the place for you!
How to get involved:
The Alzheimer’s Association provides vital services and supports to individuals, their families, and care partners in the community. Volunteers contribute in all aspects of the organization including program services, education, awareness, advocacy, and development. We provide a volunteer orientation and further training as needed. Background checks are required for certain positions.
Pittsburgh Walk Planning Committee: Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. By joining the 2017 Walk Planning Committee, you are making a difference in this fight against Alzheimer's disease. To find out more about becoming a part of our 2017 Walk Planning Committee or the subcommittees we offer check out our flyer!
Short- and long-term volunteer opportunities include:
- Mission Enhancement Volunteers: Stop in the Chapter offices for an hour or two to make phone calls, create packets, prepare mailings, type letters, file documents and assist with other administrative services. Volunteers may also assist with following up with families and maintain our Resource Library. Monday-Friday, 10-4.
- Event Volunteers: Be a part of the excitement at fundraising events such as charity events, galas, and Walks to End Alzheimer’s™. There are many ways to get involved: from planning committees to day-of-event help to promoting the event in your community. This is a great opportunity for students to obtain community service hours and for families to serve together.
- Community Outreach Volunteer: Attend local health fairs, social events, sporting events, charity campaigns, and other public events to provide information about Alzheimer’s disease, the Association’s services, and other ways to give back. This is a GREAT way to learn more about Alzheimer’s and related dementias as well as to serve your community. You may only serve several times each year depending on your availability. Training and materials are provided. Locations and times vary. Some events are held outdoors.
- Support Group Facilitator: Educate people about dementia and care options, offer helpful advice on a variety of topics, and provide support at monthly meetings. With two types of facilitators—Caregiver and Early Stage—we are sure to find the right fit for you. One year commitment is required to maintain consistency and proper support. Initial and ongoing training is also required for this position.
- Program Ambassador: Do you love sharing knowledge and speaking to groups? Be trained on Association curricula to provide selected educational presentations in your community. All training and materials are provided by Alzheimer’s Association staff. Locations and times may vary. A one year commitment is preferred.
- Committee Members: Join our staff in the planning and implementation of events throughout the year. Create awareness in the local community and provide access to business in-kind and local sponsorships.
- Advocates: JOIN THE CAUSE!! Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Advocates are asked to make two actions a year. Actions include: writing a letter or email, making a phone call, signing a petition, or visiting your local legislator. Add your voice to ours—become an advocate today!
- Early Stage Social Engagement: Help to facilitate fun and comfortable opportunities for people living in the early stage of Alzheimer's or other dementia to get out, get active and get connected with one another through a variety of social events and community based activities. Program volunteers assist chapter staff to coordinate and supervise the Early-Stage Social Engagement Program.
- Faith Outreach Ambassador: Serve as liaisons between their faith-based communities and the Alzheimer's Association Greater PA Chapter. An Ambassador helps raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and link families and individuals to Alzheimer's Association services and support. The chapter supports Faith Outreach Ambassadors to ensure needed materials and resources are available to fulfill responsibilities.
For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please see the Volunteer Application above or contact the Alyssa Marsico at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why I Volunteer:
“…with the Alzheimer’s Association…I can truly make a difference. I appreciate the support and education that they provide to me and my team and the families that I serve.”
– Jamie Yockin, Bethany Village, 8+ years volunteering
"For the past 16 years I have participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s™. With the help of the Alzheimer’s Association, my sponsors feel they can contact me when the disease strikes their family or friends. My awareness of the many available resources is helpful to them and it makes me feel like I am doing more than fundraising.”
– Sally Lied, 16+ years volunteering
“As someone who has lost three members of her family to Alzheimer’s Disease, volunteering gives me an opportunity to increase awareness and provide hope and help to others. I'm proud to be part of the Alzheimer's Association’s team of caring and dedicated healthcare professionals, staff and volunteers. It's very rewarding to know that I'm truly making a difference.”
– Linda Schorr, 1+ years volunteering