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Volunteers are a key component in carrying out the mission of the Alzheimer's Association.
We truly appreciate the much-needed assistance provided by those of who share their time and talent with the Chapter.

We have ongoing projects in which we could use your help. Free training will be provided in each of the volunteer areas.

Administrative services: 

Community Educators
Community Educators are volunteer public speakers who help Alzheimer's Association raise awareness, provide education and expand the reach of educational offerings in the community.  These volunteers deliver presentations using prepared training materials on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Desired Commitment: 1-year term delivering a minimum of 12 presentations per calendar year.  1-2 hour increments, as needed.

Community Representatives
Community Representatives serve as liaisons between the Alzheimer’s Association and local community groups, business and civic organizations, faith communities and medical practices. Community Representatives raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Association programs, provide basic disease information, engage in outreach activities and represent the Chapter at health and wellness events to link individuals to supportive programs offered by the Association. Desired Commitment: 1-year term delivering a minimum of 12 appearances annually. Hours will vary by month.

Community Volunteer Leaders
Community Volunteer Leaders help recruit program volunteers, network, build relationships, plan & promote local events, and evaluate community needs. Community Volunteer Leaders traditionally serve an underserved rural or minority communities to raise awareness and expand the reach of Alzheimer's Association programs. Desired Commitment: 1-year term. Hours will vary by month. 

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. Desired Commitment: 1-year term delivering a monthly group. Hours will vary by month.

Faith Outreach Representatives
Faith Outreach Representatives serve as liaisons between the Alzheimer's Association and local faith groups and congregations 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.  Desired Commitment: 1-year term delivering a minimum of 12 appearances annually. Hours will vary by month.

Promotores are volunteer community engagers who raise awareness of Alzheimer's Association programs, provide basic
disease information, and link consumers to Association services within the Hispanic/Latino community. Promotores are
traditionally known as connectors, educators, mentors, counselors, peer leaders, patient navigators or health advocates and serve as liaisons between the Alzheimer's Association and the Spanish-speaking community.

Support Group Facilitators (Caregiver or Early Stage)
Support Group Facilitators create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia.

Special Events and Fundraising

Volunteers play a pivotal role in the fundraising activities which make the work of the Chapter possible, working on one or more of the special events which take place throughout the year. Opportunities are available in planning, preparing and staffing events. Events include Walk to End Alzheimer’s, The Longest Day, RivALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes and Run Jimmy Run.  Additional “outside” events include the Buffalo Marathon, Corporate Challenge and Wing Fest.
Commitment varies depending on event and tasks.

Specialist Opportunities

Visit, phone or email elected officials to seek their support when Alzheimer’s legislation is proposed in Albany or
in Washington, D.C.
Specialized Tasks
Furthering our mission and research and care takes a number of special skills. We can use your expertise for special projects if you have skills in the graphic design/art fields. 

Committee Membership

There are several committees that serve our chapter in an advisory capacity or, in some cases, help plan activities. You might consider joining one of the following committees:
*  Advocacy *  Education & Training  *  The Longest Day *  Programs & Services  *  Walk To End Alzheimer’s

To Volunteer with the WNY Chapter
To learn more about opportunities with the WNY chapter, click here to view an informational flier about volunteering. If you would like to join our team of dedicated volunteers, click here.

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