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?
I came to the Alzheimer’s Association about 10 years ago in California in my role as a Director of a Memory Care Center for AgingNext.
What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?
I started as a Support Group Facilitator and took a curse to become a Memory In The Making facilitator, an art program designed for people living with dementia, that was sponsored by the California Chapter. Soon after that I became engaged with Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I was for about 4 years on the Walk Committee as the Advocacy Chair.
For the last 6 years I have been an advocate and ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association for my member of congress in California. This year I participated for the 7th time in Washington at the AIM Advocacy Forum.
Since I have moved to NC I have started a support group at the Shepherd’s Center in Winston Salem. I also joined the NC advocacy team and participated for the first time in our State Advocacy Day. In addition I have started to volunteer as a community educator for the Association in NC.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?
I enjoy my volunteer role to make a difference in people’s lives. I know how important support is when dealing with a loved one who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition it makes me feel good to pass on my knowledge as a community educator. In my opinion it is important to educate the public to make a difference and to create a world without Alzheimer’s.
What piece of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?
I feel that I make an equal impact as a support group facilitator and as an Advocate/Ambassador of the organization.
If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?
I would tell them that this organization appreciates their volunteers and truly makes an impact. I don’t think any other organization is able to make such an impact.
THANK YOU, ANGELIKA
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.