Susan Spivock Smith – National Volunteer Week 2020 Spotlight

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…

Susan Spivock Smith
Emerald Isle, NC

What brought you to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association?

I am a nurse.  My entire career I focused on the care of older adults with a specialty in dementia.  My doctor thesis topic was Alzheimer’s Dementia. When I moved to North Carolina, I wanted to volunteer so I reached out to the Alzheimer’s Association.

What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?

I have been fortunate to hold a few volunteer roles with the Alzheimer’s Association.  I have been a walk volunteer, Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Congressman Walter B. Jones and Gregory Murphy, Community Educator, Chair for the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Crawl for The Longest Day and Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Jacksonville.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?

Working with dedicated and passionate volunteers.  So many of us have been affected by this devastating disease, it is wonderful to see so many people turn their grief into action.

What piece of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?

Meeting people in the community who are in need of support. Being able to share the resources of the Alzheimer’s Association is a lifeline to persons living with dementia and their family and caregivers.

If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?

Do it!  The rewards of advocating, educating, fundraising and event planning greatly exceed the time a volunteer spends doing the work. We get the opportunity to meet people, provide education and share resources of the Alzheimer’s Association. We are part of the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association to #ENDALZ!


Volunteers truly help move our mission forward. Interested in becoming a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association in NC?
Visit or call 800-272-3900. 

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