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Support Group Facilitators

Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups are regularly scheduled in-person or virtual gatherings of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, family, and friends. All Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitators attend a full-day training program that focuses on group dynamics, management, and facilitator roles and responsibilities. Please review the following requirements of an Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Support Group to determine if the role suits you.

  • Ability to commit to at least one year of service to the group
  • Have at least one year of experience in dementia care (personal or professional)
  • Not be currently caregiving in a personal capacity
  • Participate in monthly attendance collection and submission
  • Complete annual Support Group renewal paperwork
  • Willingness to undergo mandatory Association volunteer background check

If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming an Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Support Group Facilitator, please visit our NEW Volunteer Community here.

Community Educators

Alzheimer's Association Community Educators (AACEs) are volunteer public speakers who
help raise awareness, provide education and expand the reach of Alzheimer's Association programs in the community. AACEs deliver Alzheimer’s Association Core Curriculum using prepared training materials on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as information for individuals and families impacted by the disease. Please review the following requirements of an Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator to determine if the role suits you.

  • Demonstrated success with public speaking, excellent presentation and education skills.
  • Comfort with computers and familiarity with email and PPT presentations.
  • Ability to network, and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and community partners.
  • Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional preferred.
  • Commitment to a 1-year term delivering a minimum of 12 presentations. Terms are renewable upon successful completion of annual goal-setting conversation with your staff partner.
  • Orientation includes: online program volunteer welcome and orientation (1 hour) + self-study or in-person role training with staff partner (~2 hours).
  • Willingness to undergo mandatory Association volunteer background check.

If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming an Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Support Group Facilitator, please visit our NEW Volunteer Community here.
 

Community Representatives

Alzheimer's Association Community Representatives (AACRs) are community engagers that raise awareness of Alzheimer's Association programs, provide basic disease information, and link consumers to Alzheimer’s Association services. AACRs serve as liaisons between the Association and local groups such as neighborhoods, rural counties, business and civic organizations or faith communities. AACRs represent the Alzheimer’s Association by sharing information about Alzheimer’s disease, free resources offered through the Alzheimer’s Association, and the many ways to join our cause at local community and education events. Please review the following requirements of an Alzheimer’s Association Community Representative to determine if the role suits you.

  • Represent the Alzheimer's Association at a minimum of 12 events / per year and distribute Alzheimer’s literature at events or appearances in your local community.
  • Present key talking points, brief presentations and short overviews of Association services as coordinated with local Alzheimer's Association staff. Examples of venues include health fairs, community events, community organizations, civic organizations, sororities / fraternities, clubs, senior centers and schools and other locations identified by the volunteer.
  • Connect members of the community with additional Association services by proactively making referrals to Alzheimer's Association programs & free 24/7 Helpline.
  • Engage community members in the cause by promoting annual awareness campaigns, chapter volunteer opportunities and participation in Walk to End Alzheimer’s or The Longest Day.
  • Self-motivated individual that is comfortable reaching out to individuals and families in need and connecting them to the Alzheimer's Association.
  • AACR volunteers commit to a 1-year term making a minimum of 12 appearances annually. Terms are renewable upon successful completion of annual goal-setting conversation with your staff partner.
  • Orientation includes: online program volunteer welcome and orientation (1 hour) + self-study or in-person role training with staff partner (~2 hours).
  • Willingness to undergo mandatory Association volunteer background check.

If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming an Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Early Stage Engagement Leader, please visit our NEW Volunteer Community here.
 

Early Stage Social Engagement Leaders

Early Stage Social Engagement Leaders plan, implement and assure positive experience during social engagement events/activities for people living with memory loss and their care partners. As leaders, individuals provide hospitality, support and volunteer oversight at social engagement events. Consult with staff and early stage advisors to schedule early stage engagement activities, secure event logistics, assure group safety, and coordinate volunteers to provide hospitality. Please review the following requirements of an Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator to determine if the role suits you.

  • Success in engaging people with dementia.
  • Ability to create and maintain a safe environment where participants’ thoughts and feelings are valued and group members are treated with fairness, equity and respect.
  • Early Stage Social Engagement Leaders commit to a 1-year term delivering a monthly group. Terms are renewable upon successful completion of annual goal-setting conversation with your staff partner.
  • Orientation for the role includes: online program volunteer welcome and orientation (1 hour) + working with early stage training (1 hour) + self-study or in-person training with local chapter staff (~2 hours).
  • Willingness to undergo mandatory Association volunteer background check.

If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming an Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Early Stage Engagement Leader, please visit our NEW Volunteer Community here.
 

Support The Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Our largest annual fundraising and public awareness event, Walk is held across 7 locations in Connecticut. We need lots of support to help them run smoothly! Volunteer opportunities include: Set Up, Walker Check In, Route Monitor, Water Station, Thank You Brigade, Break Down and more!

Walks are held in Danbury, Enfield, East Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, New London and Norwalk starting the first weekend of September and continuing into the middle of October. This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity! For more information, email: ctchapter@alz.org.

Join Your Local Walk To End Alzheimer's Planning Committee

Looking to step up your commitment to the Walk? If you have participated in one of our Walk To End Alzheimer’s events and thought, “I’d like to get more involved” – now is your chance! 

We are currently recruiting energetic and outgoing volunteers to join our Walk Planning Committees! Each of our 7 Walk To End Alzheimer's events has a Planning Committee that meets monthly, year-round to work on areas such as community outreach, corporate engagement, participant recruitment, logistics, marketing and more!

Are you passionate about advocacy and public policy? 

We are seeking volunteer support for our Alzheimer's Congressional Team in Connecticut on two levels:

Congressional Ambassadors

These are high level volunteers who serve as the lead contact between the Association and a member of Congress. Responsibilities include holding at least five meetings annually in your respective congressional office in MA or NH. One of these visits includes participation in the National Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC each spring.

Additionally, Ambassadors will participate in monthly conference calls and complete reports on all interactions with the congressional office into our database. They will also serve as the leader for the local Congressional Team.

Congressional Team Members

This team of volunteers will work with the Ambassador to help the Association achieve federal legislative goals. Activities may include submitting letters to the editor and promoting Association initiatives to congress members via social media outlets. Team members will also attend meetings in the district offices of their respective congress member and build relationships with the staff.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please email: ckovel@alz.org.

Internships

Learn more about non-profit management with a hands-on internship with the Alzheimer's Association. Each position is unpaid but offers a valuable learning experience for any college student looking to work in the non-profit sector when he/she graduates. 
The Alzheimer's Association offers internships during the Fall (September - December), Winter/Spring (January - May), and Summer (May - August) semester.

Please email ctchapter@alz.org or call our office at 860.828.2828 for more information on internships in a number of fields. 

Other

Great things happen when you partner your abilities and talents with the Alzheimer’s Association. If you still have questions about volunteering for the Association, contact Nicole Beaucar at nbeaucar@alz.org or 860.828.2828 to discuss opportunities that most interest you.