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 2021, 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?
My father and grandmother both lived and died with Alzheimer’s/dementia. My mother cared for my dad at home, and while we had a lot of quality time with him, it really took its toll on my mother’s health. About six years ago I participated in the Walk in Chicago and I knew I wanted to do more. I asked someone at the welcome booth how I would go about it, and I started at that moment. Jen Belkov in Chicago, Scott Herrick and Cai Yoke in North Carolina have been such amazing mentors.
What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?
In addition to participating and fundraising for the Walk for five years, I started as an advocate in Chicago and was put on Senator Tammy Duckworth’s team. I am currently an Ambassador working with Rep. David Rouzer of North Carolina and his staff. I have attended Advocacy Forum twice and I have to say, that was so impactful! The people I’ve met there are an inspiration.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?
Sharing hope. Inspiring lawmakers to get on board with Association goals by relating the universal experiences of friends and family of people with Alzheimer’s. I’ve learned how many people understand and share my experiences and want to share theirs.
What piece of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?
I have always believed action is better than inaction. By working with the Alzheimer’s Association on the Federal level, which is my role at this time, and having the opportunity to talk with our congresspeople, sharing my story, encouraging them to support legislation and fund research, I might contribute to a cure or treatment one day.
If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?
I would absolutely encourage them to volunteer! There is a role for anyone with motivated to change the future. Be part of the solution and choose action.