We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the committees responsible for organizing the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's in six Western New York communities this fall!
Each Walk (Erie County Walk in Buffalo, Niagara County Walk in Lewiston, Genesee County Walk in Batavia, Chautauqua County Walk in Chautauqua, Orleans County Walk in Medina and the Wyoming County Walk in Warsaw) is organized with local input by volunteers who make up the Walk committees. These amazing individuals help spread the word about Walk in their communities, organize donations, and brainstorm ideas for fundraising, marketing and activities on the day of the Walk--and we NEED YOUR HELP! Meetings are held in the host communities once a month--can you spare an hour or so to meet with us? Do you have a desire to put your 'stamp' on the 2014 Walk in your community? Do do you have ideas on how we can grow the Walk and reach more people so we can HELP MORE PEOPLE? Please call LYNN WESTCOTT at 1.800.272.3900 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday--she'd love to hear from you!
Volunteers are a key component in carrying out the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. We truly appreciate the much-needed assistance provided by those of you who freely give your time and talent. We have ongoing projects in which we could use your help. Free training will be provided in each of the volunteer areas. To see when our next Volunteer Orientation will be held, check out our Education & Training Calendar.
Volunteer opportunities are available in three areas:
- Administrative services
- Family services
- Special events
Download a Volunteer Application - Fill out this application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.
Have questions or know that you would like to volunteer? Then contact Julia Schrader, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 1.800.272.3900 or e-mail email@example.com. Julia is also a volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association and is typically only in the office on Tuesday afternoons, so please allow a few days for a response to your inquiry.
Urgent Volunteer Needs
The Chapter is in need of volunteer support group facilitators specifically for existing groups in West Seneca, Clarence and Buffalo. Volunteers interested in leading support groups will be provided with free support group facilitator training. Qualifications for a volunteer facilitator include having experience, personally or professionally, with dementia; good listening skills; the ability to be emphatic and separate personal needs from group needs; a commitment to promote the mission and services of the Alzheimer’s Association; and keeping current on Alzheimer’s research, public policy, local services, etc. The monthly time commitment for a support group facilitator is approximately 3 hours.
Computer Support - work with word processing, data entry and technical support. Desired commitment is 3-4 hours a week.
Office Support - answer telephones, staff the reception desk, copying, filing, and assist with special tasks and projects as needed. Desired commitment is 3-4 hours a week.
Health Fair Representative - Distribute basic information about Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Association at health fairs throughout the eight county region. Commitment is on an as-needed basis; volunteer determines availability.
Helpline Counselors - Assist callers to the office, make follow-up calls, responding to questions and concerns; provide emotional support and information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, chapter services and community resources. Desired commitment is 4 hours a week.
Respite Volunteer - Provide in-home companionship, supervision, and meaningful activity to an individual with dementia while providing temporary relief for the family caregiver. Desired commitment is 4 hours per month.
Support Group Facilitators - Lead a support group to help ease the burden of caregivers. Desired commitment is once a month for approx. 3 hours.
Volunteers play a pivotal role in the fundraising activities which make the work of the chapter possible, working on one or more of the special events which take place each year. Opportunities are available in planning, preparing for the events and assignments on the day of the events. Events include the WNY Dementia Care Symposium, Request-a-thon, Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo Wing Fest, Walk to End Alzheimer's, and many more.
Advocacy - Visit, phone or e-mail elected officials to seek their support when Alzheimer's legislation is proposed in Albany or Washington, D.C. Commitment is on an as-needed basis.
Alzheimer's Community Ambassador - Provide information about Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Association in areas and communities not readily accessible to the office. Commitment is dependent on community's need and volunteer's availability.
Art Program Assistant - Work with residents in a dementia care facility on projects for the Memories in the Making Art Program. Commitment is dependent on facility's need.
Committee Volunteer - Serve on one or more committees such as the board of directors, advisory committees, special events, the volunteer committee or committee for one-time projects. Commitment is dependent on committee's schedule and work load.
Special Task Volunteer - Projects occur that require the work of a single volunteer. These can include library assistance, archival assistance, coordinating a particular project, etc. Commitment is dependent on project's need.