ROB PAINE – 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?

Due to a family member’s ongoing battle with dementia, I’ve developed not only an acute awareness of how this disease impacts the patient and his/hers family, but how the support the Association provides can make things so much easier. My goal is to let as many people as possible know that while there is not a cure, yet, there are a lot of life-enhancing drugs and support programs for patients and their caregivers available. 

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

I am a volunteer Community Educator and speaker in the Craven County (NC) Area.

Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators are volunteer public speakers who provide Alzheimer’s Association education programs to community audiences using prepared training materials on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and memory loss.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?

I enjoy raising awareness about dementia and sharing info about how families battling the disease can get support. 

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

Letting people know about the the benefit of being proactive with an early diagnosis and the importance of  seeking  support from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Alzheimer’s/dementia is one of the most critical health issues of our time. Your help will not only make life better for those facing the disease, but also will get us closer to finding a cure. 


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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