RACHEL TOWNSEND – 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 sweet friend Victoria invited me to serve my city with her, and I was happy to be part of the Can-Do city’s team!

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

I serve on the Walk-day planning team. The team and I help set up the walk-day venue. We also assist with advertising and securing sponsors.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee members play a key role in the success of each event, from getting local companies involved to helping participants engage with our mission to planning the event experience.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?

I enjoy connecting with people! I remember during our “Paint The Park Purple” night, I spoke to several people who had family members living with Alzheimer’s. It warmed my heart to be able to offer them encouragement and to receive empowerment from them through hearing about their perseverance in service.

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

I believe my connecting with people and telling them about Alzheimer’s makes the biggest impact. Awareness is raised through making conversation, and more families are made privy to the resources available to them; resources such as the 24-hour helpline for caregivers of those who have Alzheimer’s. 

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

I would tell them they should certainly join. Their service will help fund the research needed to find a cure.


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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