Our volunteers are motivated to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's, the sixth leading cause of death in America. Please consider sharing your best talents with us by becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer and help us grow in the services and events we presently provide in Rhode Island. There are many ways in which your expertise is needed.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association of Rhode Island, please fill out and submit the Volunteer Application. Questions? Contact our office at 1-800-272-3900.
Ways to Volunteer
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Come walk with us! Alzheimer's Association Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. We need volunteers who can work the day of the event. Please fill out and submit the Volunteer Application. You can also form a walking team of family, friends, or co-workers. Read more.
Assist in the many administrative tasks needed to keep our office running smoothly, including special projects, mailings, data entry, telephone follow-up.
Help us raise money through other seasonal events! Read more.
Join the Rhode Island Alzheimer's Congressional Team (ACT). Click here to download an application.
Other volunteer opportunities are available in Teaching, Public Relations, Advocacy, Farmers Markets selling our wares and getting our literature to the community, Events and more.
High School Student Raises Money for Alzheimer's Cure
Hailey Raskob, a senior at North Smithfield High School, organized a tennis tournament to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Rhode Island Chapter this past December at Rally Point Racket Club in Greenville, RI. She has been number one singles on the tennis team at her school for three consecutive years and is also part of the indoor/outdoor track team, and performs both high and long jump. This North Smithfield High senior will continue her tennis career in the fall at Rhode Island College, as she works towards a degree in Business Management. Raskob's passion is not only for sports, but in fighting to end Alzheimer's.
The tennis tournament took about three months to plan. The success of her efforts showed the day of the fundraiser with thirty participants raising over $700. Raskob's immediate family consists of her mom, dad, two older brothers, and her Memere. Her family and best friends, Katie and Danielle, played a supportive role in organizing the tournament, but her inspiration to hold such a fundraiser, was her Memere. Raskob's Memere, diagnosed with Alzheimer's seven years ago, is one of 23,000 other Rhode Islanders, who suffer from this debilitating disease. Raskob first learned about the basics of Alzheimer's in school, and she could see some of the signs appear in her Memere when she would forget to eat her breakfast or had difficulty recalling close friends' names. "My favorite memories of my Memere were visits to her and Pepere's house. Pepere would be in the living room watching the baseball game, and Memere would sit with me in the kitchen, coloring and playing cards," said Raskob.
Raskob is aware that the interest in Alzheimer's is growing. She attributes this to the fact that in the number of diseases in the ten leading causes of deaths in the United States that cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured, Alzheimer's disease stands alone. "More research is needed to change the path we are heading down. This disease touches more lives than most realize. It's necessary more attention is paid to this public health crisis," voiced Raskob. According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2017 Facts and Figures report, one in every ten people aged sixty-five and older has Alzheimer's dementia. This number will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the population of Americans age sixty-five and older is projected to nearly double from 48 to 88 million by 2050. There has been an 89% increase in deaths due to Alzheimer's between 2000 and 2014. Deaths from Alzheimer's have nearly doubled during this period while those from heart disease - the leading cause of death - have declined.
What saddens Raskob most is "all my Memerere's memories of me and the times we shared together are gone. I can remind her of these, but I know within a few minutes she will forget." Raskob is angered that "there is nothing I can do to cure my Memere of this terrible disease. Doctors can try to intervene, but I know it won't make Alzheimer's go away." That is why she supports the efforts of her local Alzheimer's Association whose vision is a world without Alzheimer's. She is hopeful that a cure will be found and she is excited about all of the awareness that has been raised through events like The Longest Day® and the Walk to End Alzheimer's®. The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Raskob said that the mission and vision of the Association to her means, "a world without Alzheimer's would be happier as people would be able to experience life without ever having to worry about the disease. Everyone would be able to remember moments like birthdays and celebrations. It would not only be a world without Alzheimer's, it would be a world without suffering." In the near future, Raskob is confident that through research the Association will find ways to intervene early enough to slow down the progress of the disease. In the long term, she believes these efforts will lead to a cure for the disease. The most important work the Association does in her eyes are the 24/7 Helpline and Education Programs that are free to caregivers and families. Raskob chose to donate the proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association because it will support individuals who are in need of its services and will go towards funding research efforts. "This helps families across the country, like my mom who is a caregiver for my Memere, now residing in an assisted living facility." Raskob has a message to share; "Alzheimer's might be an issue now, but in the future, it will be like it never existed."