KATIE CARPENTER – National Volunteer Week 2023 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 2023, 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 maternal grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 1998, and my mom lost her battle in 2017. After my mom passed away, I always asked myself, “what do I do now?” and the answer was The Longest Day.  It allows me to do what I love, which is tennis and pickleball, all while raising money for The Alzheimer’s Association. I feel like I am keeping my mother’s memory alive and also helping people that can’t help themselves!

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

 I am a top fundraiser as well as a committee member for The Longest Day across North Carolina. [Katie was also co-chair for the committee during the 2022 season.]

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?

What I enjoy most is meeting people and sharing our stories together. Every story has a common thread but every story is unique to that individual.

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

I think my role makes the biggest impact but not because of the money we raise but because of the awareness that we raise.

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

I would tell them to follow their heart and to remember raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association is easy compared to dealing with the disease itself!


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

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