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 2022, 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 began my work with the Alzheimer’s Association because of my great-grandmother’s passing from Alzheimer’s, my grandmother’s current battle with it, and the likely prospect that my mom will struggle with it. Having seen the pain and suffering that the disease can cause, I knew that I had to commit myself to a solution for both my family and everyone who experiences the devastation of Alzheimer’s.
What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?
I am an advocacy volunteer, and am a congressional team member for Representative Dan Bishop.
[Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members bring their own unique stories, relationships and skills to develop trusted relationships with their assigned congressional office. These relationships ensure that your voice is heard by policymakers.]
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?
There is much that I enjoy about my role, like connecting with other advocates who share my passion for supporting the Alzheimer’s community and finding a cure. However, most special of all is the fulfillment that I get from knowing that I am helping the millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s, like my grandmother and mother.
What piece of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?
I feel that my direct engagement with Dan Bishop’s office has the greatest impact, as such direct connections with officials who have the resources to inspire and enact change is impactful.
If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?
I would tell them to do it! The Alzheimer’s support community is welcoming and loving, and the fulfillment and joy that you receive from helping those in the Alzheimer’s community who are suffering and need our help is like no other.
THANK YOU, JAKE.
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.