Dear North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association Volunteers,
Thank you!! The past year has presented all of us with many hurdles and the need for adaptation, and YOU, our volunteers, have risen to the challenge! While we are grateful for all you do each and every day, we wanted to pause for a moment during National Volunteer Week to share our appreciation. On behalf of those we serve, we are grateful to each of you who have moved our mission forward with your passion and commitment.
We want to thank you for your versatility and flexibility as we navigated new ways of delivering our mission. Our collective volunteer response during this time has been extraordinary, and we wanted to let you know your efforts were recognized and appreciated. You sprung into action, taking our programming and our support groups virtual, making calls to fundraisers, and reaching out to our legislators — standing beside us in all aspects of supporting those we serve. THANK YOU!
While so much has changed, one thing hasn’t: our gratitude and appreciation for our volunteer partners who have chosen to give their time and energy helping those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia. In partnership with our staff, you have expanded our reach and deepened our impact in local communities, and provided personalized support to those impacted by the disease.
We hope your volunteer experience as an Association partner has been rewarding, enjoyable, and worthwhile. We rely on volunteers like you across all pillars of our organization: from our special events to our care and support, advocacy, operations, and office support; volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.
As communities begin safely reopening, we are excited at the prospect of seeing you face to face once again. The health and safety of you, our volunteers and constituents, remain our driver as we assess the risks and safety of all in returning to full in-person engagement and look forward to sharing updates with you in the coming weeks and months.
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. We are grateful for your commitment to serve during this year of uncertainty. Thank you for your response to the call to serve and for your unwavering support of our vision: A world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
We look forward to another year of work alongside you.
Katherine L. Lambert
CEO, Western Carolina Chapter
Executive Director, Eastern North Carolina Chapter
P.S. During National Volunteer Week (April 18-24) we are taking a moment to celebrate all of you who are volunteers (or potential volunteers!) here in North Carolina for the Association. You are invited to join us for Cheers for Volunteers on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. RSVP here. We will also be spotlighting volunteers on our Western Carolina Facebook and our Eastern North Carolina Facebook pages daily during the week.