Below are some of the opportunities we typically have available throughout the year.
Special Event Support
You’ll help coordinate, decorate, assist with registration, greet guests, and set up for Memories in the Making art auction, Reason to Hope luncheon/breakfast, and/or the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
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Answer the chapter’s helpline telephone and provide resource information and caregiver support (4 hour shifts) weekly or biweekly during the business hours of 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Volunteers must have caregiving experience (personal or professional) with an Alzheimer’s patient, and prefer not currently personally caregiving. Bilingual skills welcome. Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential. Information to the caller is provided using both on-line and printed Association resources. Requires good telephone etiquette, including the use of basic empathic listening and affirmation techniques. Required abilities include: computer skills to look up information and enter data into an on–line data base, and ability to do phone work for a 4-hour shift. As one of the most utilized services provided by the Association, regular attendance and adherence to scheduled shifts is required. Training is completed within three weeks in several sessions (about 15-20 hours).
Support Group Facilitator
The primary duty of the volunteer is to guide a meeting for persons who are caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Groups meet once a month on set days and at set times. Facilitate discussions, welcome newcomers; ensure opportunities for participation among the members of the group and complete minor administrative tasks. Knowledge of the disease and care-giving issues (personal or professional) is required. Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential. Bilingual skills welcome. Two hour Support Group Facilitator Training is required.
Memories in the Making Facilitator
In coordination with a trained care center staff person, plans and facilitates a weekly art group for individuals diagnosed with dementia. Some art background preferred. Understanding of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is helpful, as is a sensitivity to the feelings of others and the ability to read body language. Facilitator must not be a direct caretaker to a participant in the group. Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential. Bilingual skills welcome. One-day training is offered several times a year. Groups meet once a week (consistency is important); commitment is usually about 2 hours each week.
Refine your presentation skills; become familiar with several different educational programs related to Alzheimer's Disease and then be available to deliver presentations to a variety of groups in our community. Bilingual skills welcome. Curriculum, power point slides, handouts provided for all events. Speaking engagements are offered in areas throughout Colorado and at a variety of days and times. Training available in 1 session (approx. 8 hours) at your local office followed by observation of first class. Two online classes are completed prior to attending training.
Early Stage Activities
Assist with discussion groups, music programs, and other social activities for individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners. Knowledge of the disease (personal or professional) and the challenges faced in the early stages is required. Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential. Bilingual skills welcome. Training and orientation to activities is completed by staff in the local office.
Public Policy Advocate
Are you interested in the legislative process? Do you have the time to follow the legislation in D.C. and/or Denver? Are you interested in letter writing or making phone calls to develop support for specific legislation? As an advocate, you will: generate action from our elected officials, stay informed of the latest policy and legislative issues and help elevate Alzheimer’s from a disease to a cause. Full day training provided in the Denver office.
Health Fair Ambassador
Represent the Alzheimer's Association at community Health Fairs and other community events (churches/neighborhood gatherings/workplace wellness fairs) where basic printed material is available for participants to select and take away. Answer basic questions about the services available from the Association. Pass along contact information for more in-depth questions to Association staff.
General office work, computer data entry, information researchers, or telephoning. Volunteers work in the Denver office during the work week and the hours of 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Quarterly, a group of volunteers make evening “thank you” calls related to donations or event volunteering.
Diversity & Inclusion Outreach
The Alzheimer’s Association offers culturally appropriate support for Latinos, African Americans and the LGBT community. Multicultural Education Program Series, Support Groups, Helpline and Care Consultations are all available in Spanish, and address the unique needs of a broad range of diverse communities. Volunteers who have connections to these and other community and cultural groups are especially welcome.
We have an opportunity for a few talented videographers! Our immediate need is to provide video footage for the Alzheimer's Association's premier event -- The Walk to End Alzheimer's. Video footage will feed the Jumbotron at the event. Post production work will also be needed to produce a publicity piece for future walks.
Our need is also for a long-term volunteer videographer to be on hand for numerous events throughout the year
There are many other volunteer opportunities with the Alzheimer’s Association. If you have a specific skill such as data entry, graphic design or are bilingual, we will work with you to determine the best volunteer position within our organization.
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