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Thank you for attending the Annual Meeting!

To all of the volunteers who attended the Annual Meeting on June 13th, thank you for joining us! To those who could not attend, we hope you will join us next year! It was a wonderful luncheon highlighting the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, new initiatives like our Dementia Friendly Communities Task Force, as well as acknowledging the volunteer services across the chapter. Many wonderful volunteers were highlighted for going “above and beyond” over the last fiscal year. Those who attended received a special “thank you” gift as well. It was a wonderful time celebrating the incredible work of the Association and our volunteers and we hope even more would join us next year!

Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Paras

Every year we award an outstanding volunteer with the Arlene L. Ellis Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer who exemplifies the dedication, creativity and extraordinary service of the co-founder and first president of the Cleveland Area Chapter.
This year, it was our pleasure to present the award to Ann Paras! Ann has been a volunteer with our organization for over 7 years and has served in almost every volunteer role possible at the Alzheimer’s Association. She currently facilitates several caregiver and early stage support groups, has helped as an office volunteer, served as a Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee chair, Annual dinner co-chair and table host, and has served on countless other Association committees. She has presented education programs in the past and continues to serve as a community advocate always willing and eager to explain the resources and programs the Alzheimer’s Association provides. This volunteer also started an Adult Children’s support group geared specifically towards adult children caring for a parent. You name it, she has done it – she even served on staff for a short time as a Client Intake Specialist.
Ann’s contribution to the Association and to the cause has been longstanding and varied.  She personally experienced the ravages of dementia since her father had Alzheimer’s and her mother, vascular dementia.  Once her father was diagnosed in 2000, she moved her parents to Cleveland from Georgia where she could be involved in their loving care along with a growing family of her own.  After her parents’ death, she quickly got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association.  Her professional background as a nurse, along with her personal experiences, led to many areas of involvement with the Association. Her outgoing good nature, high-energy and passion also fuel her commitment to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and furthering the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission throughout the community.
When discussing this award with her, she stated, “While I see Alzheimer’s disease as devastating, I don't feel sad doing what I do.  I have met some of the strongest, courageous, nicest, positive, and inspiring individuals and families walking these journeys.” She passionately feels that these are the people changing the face and stigma of Alzheimer’s disease every day in our communities.  We could not be more grateful for her positive, HOPEFUL, dedicated service to our cause and our mission!


WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

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 can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer.

YPalz
Young Professionals of the Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter (YPalz) is a group of young professionals in the greater Cleveland area who share the goals of eliminating Alzheimer's disease and supporting the Alzheimer's Association through social and community engagement, building awareness about the disease, and raising funds for the Association. Join YPalz in their efforts by attending one of their monthly planning meetings or any of their upcoming social events!

Dementia Friendly Task Force
Help us make the Cleveland area more dementia friendly by identifying and conducting outreach to target community groups to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease/services and help them better serve those with the disease. Click HERE for a printable flyer.

Fundraising/Event
Assist development team in seeking in-kind donations, participate on a planning committee for major fundraising, volunteer for various events throughout the year, collaborate to build partnerships with local companies, and/or plan/organize an external event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Education/Outreach
Cultivate community relationships and attend health fairs as a representative of the Alzheimer's Association to share information about the disease and services. Training required.

Office
Assist with miscellaneous projects at the office (8:30am - 4:30pm), including phone calls, data entry, mailings, etc.

Paint the Town Purple
Help increase awareness throughout the Greater Cleveland Area through promoting our free services in targeted locations each month

Advocacy
Promote the advocacy message by representing the association at local outreach or fundraising events and participating in national advocacy events such as Memory Day. Assist in the office with tasks such as making follow up calls to new advocates, entering new advocates into the organization database, and more. Training Required

Questions regarding volunteering or the application process?
Please contact:

Marilyn Hahn, CVA
Volunteer Engagement Manager
Tel: (216) 342-5596       Email: clevelandvolunteerinfo@alz.org


 

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