National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021. Each day this week, we'll be spotlighting one of our rockstar volunteers here at the South Carolina Chapter.
Meet Morgan Blunt, our Engagement Chair for The Longest Day in Columbia, SC.
Q: What brought you to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association?
A: Most of my volunteer experience has been with organizations that serve the older adult population.I visited residents of long-term care facilities, delivered meals to homebound seniors, and participated in fundraisers in support of vulnerable populations.Each of my volunteer experiences had one thing in common.There were seniors who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.After learning more about Alzheimer’s, I decided that I wanted to do more to eliminate this dreadful disease.
Q: What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?
A: I serve as the Engagement Chair for The Longest Day Fundraiser and report to the Upstate Director of Development.I coach team leads across the state on fundraising activities and follow-up on potential support for the fundraiser.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?
A: I enjoy connecting and working with other individuals who are as passionate as I am about eliminating this terrible disease. I really hope that I am able to educate my community on Alzheimer’s Disease and act as a resource for families.
Q: What aspect of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?
A: Through this volunteer opportunity, I am able to assist with generating resources that will help to continue research as well as provide community education about Alzheimer’s disease.As a volunteer, I have learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the fact that it is more prevalent in the African American community compared to any other demographic. With this information, I hope to continue educating the community by explaining warning signs, encouraging early treatment and testing, and promoting healthy aging to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Q: If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?
A: I would definitely encourage others to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association. This organization has worked towards the elimination and education of this terrible disease. Joining the cause through donations and becoming an advocate can help the association towards their goal of obtaining more money for more scientific research and the spread of resources.
Thank you, Morgan, for helping us grow our unique June event, The Longest Day
! We appreciate your volunteerism, even while juggling a busy college schedule!
Volunteers are truly at the heart of our work at the Alzheimer's Association, and we invite you to lend your unique talents to the fight to #ENDALZ! View local volunteer opportunities and get started.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.™ For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.