We are endlessly grateful to our volunteers for giving their time to better the lives of those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Our volunteers are truly the heart of the Alzheimer’s Association here in North Carolina.
In honor of National Volunteer Week 2020, we’ll be spotlighting a different volunteer from our Chapter each day. Today we are featuring…
What brought you to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association?
I decided I wanted to get involved in the Alzheimer’s Association, the year after my father in law passed away. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease the last four years of his life. Prior to that my mother in law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and we watched her steady decline for three years before moving her to a memory care facility. They were not living close to us, so trying to care for them from a distance was a heartbreaking experience.
What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?
I am primarily a weekly office volunteer, doing administrative tasks in the office setting. I also enjoy working the tabling events at various local organizations, bringing information about Alzheimer’s, other dementias, as well as the Association itself to participants. I enjoy reaching out to those who are caretakers, in addition to providing educational materials to all. Finally, I have been a volunteer at the various Walk to End Alzheimer’s events for the past six years, I believe.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?
I enjoy, as I stated above, the opportunity to be in the community, working tabling events, meeting caregivers and family who have been impacted by this disease. The office staff have been very gracious in letting me expand my volunteer role in this capacity.
What piece of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?
I try very hard to be accommodating in whatever role the staff has a need, but the joy of a Walk day…..there’s just nothing like it!!
If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?
The Alzheimer’s Association is a wonderfully passionate group, who work tirelessly for a cure. I take great pride in being just a very small part of their mission.
THANK YOU, SANDRA
Volunteers truly help move our mission forward. Interested in becoming a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association in NC?
Visit alz.org/get-involved-now/volunteer or call 800-272-3900.