The Alzheimer's Association is the largest non-profit health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's disease. Our VISION is a world without Alzheimer's disease. To help us achieve that vision, our MISSION is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health, and to enhance care and support for all individuals, their families and caregivers.
If you feel passionate about the Alzheimer’s cause and want the world to know, you will make a great advocacy volunteer! You don’t have to be experienced in advocacy (we teach you that!) just a desire to become involved in policy. Advocates help us influence legislators at the Federal and State level by sending emails, writing letters and calling or visiting legislators. You can respond to action alerts from the comfort of your home, attend advocacy events, visit legislators in home district offices and assist in the identifying new advocates. We need individuals and groups to become informed about the issues and statistics related to Alzheimer's disease, then, as opportunities arise, help us get the word out, MOVE, ACT, VOICE—become a grassroot advocate with your local, state, or federal elected officials; respond to email advocaty alerts by emailing, calling or writing legislators from the comfort of your home, attend Public Policy Conferences and Capitol Day events.
Health/Information Fair Representative
Do you enjoy meeting the public and sharing the resources of the Alzheimer's Association? Represent the Association and Community Outreach Centers across the state at various health and information fairs held in communities all around Georgia—volunteers from each county in GA are encouraged to become trained.
Helpline Specialist Volunteers
Empathy, patience, kindness and problem-solving skills are hallmark characteristics of our Helpline volunteers. If you have a background as a caregiver or a degree in social work, counseling, psychology or gerontology or just have a special place in your heart to speak with people, this is a good fit for you. After thorough training, working from an Alzheimer’s Association office, members of our Helpline team take phone calls from families seeking support, encouragement, hope and guidance through the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Helpline team also fulfills Helpline packets and updates a database of all of our Helpline callers. The volunteer will take calls from individuals with Alzheimer's disease, family members, care professionals, or medical professionals, to make them aware of services we provide and provide them resources in their community to meet their needs
Speaker's Bureau Volunteers
Shrinking violet’s need not apply! Our Speakers Bureau volunteers represent and promote the Alzheimer’s Association through presentations and at events. Presentations can range from as little as three minutes to full one-hour trainings. Speakers Bureau volunteers may also distribute information and brochures at health fairs and employee giving drives. These volunteers need access to reliable transportation and should be willing and able to travel in local areas, representing the Association in the community by speaking to civic clubs, church groups, school groups, businesses, etc.
Special Events - Walk To End Alzheimer's, Dancing Stars and others
Throughout the year, we do many special events to help raise awareness and funds for the Association. These events include but are not limited to motorcycle rides, triathlons, golf tournaments, auctions/silent auctions, flag football, 5k runs, dinners etc. The signature awareness and fundraising events in each community are the annual Walk To End Alzheimer's—typically held in the fall and Dancing Stars held in the spring. Volunteers are needed to serve on planning committees throughout the event season as well as day of events volunteers to set up, manage and clean up.
Support Group Volunteer
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that gives you in-person contact with families that are coping with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, facilitating a support group might be a good fit for you. Our expertly trained support group leaders facilitate or co-facilitate support groups throughout our chapter for family members and caregivers seeking assistance, emotional support and information on all topics related to Alzheimer’s disease. The required time commitment varies from three to four hours on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis depending upon the specific support group assigned. Support group leader volunteers are required to make a minimum one-year commitment.
"A Time To Talk" (Metro Atlanta only)
A Time To Talk is a peer telephone support program assisting persons with early stage dementia and caregivers of dementia patients. The program provides telephone calls 2 times a month to participants who can benefit by receiving emotional support, coping strategies, or just a listening ear by someone who understands. All calls are made by volunteers who either have early memory loss or experience caring for a person with dementia.
How to Become an Alzheimer's Association Volunteer
2. Scan, e-mail, fax or mail your completed application to the regional office in your area.
If you need more information on volunteering, please call 1.800.272.3900 to find a Regional Office in your area.