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Do you have time — a few hours a month or a few days a week — to volunteer for a great cause? You can make a difference, whether you have a few hours a month or a few hours a day. We can use your talents. Our need for bilingual help is especially acute, but it's not necessary for you to speak Spanish to volunteer.

               

Volunteer positions available

If you are interested in volunteering in any of the offices of the Alzheimer's Association California Central Chapter, call Kelly today at 805.892.4259.

We love our volunteers! Check them out here.

General descriptions of volunteer opportunities

HELPLINE Volunteer / Reception

Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide support, information and referral for callers and office visitors
• Assess and document caller needs
• Participate in volunteer trainings to enhance skills and knowledge base as part of ongoing education
• Light clerical duties, including but not limited to, data entry, photocopying, and preparing packets of information
• Triage front desk calls

Skills Needed
• Ability to listen and respond to needs of persons with questions about Alzheimer’s disease
• Strong organizing and problem-solving abilities
• Sensitivity to the needs of individuals and families regarding aging issues
• Clear and effective writing and speaking skills
• Willingness to work as part of a team effort
• Keyboarding and basic computer skills
• Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  
Skills desirable
• Knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and the effects of dementia on individuals and families is helpful but not required
• Experience working with individuals and families
• Comfort using computers
• Bilingual skills highly desirable, but not required 
• Time Commitment 4 to 8 hrs/wk
• Hours available M-F, 9-5

Support Group Facilitator

The Alzheimer’s Association, California CentralChapter, is looking for volunteers to facilitate new support groups for families affected by dementia in all four counties we serve.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Commit two-hours a month to be lifelines to caregivers struggling with tremendous responsibilities
• Learn information required to care for someone living with progressive dementia

Requirements
• Willingness to continuously to attend eight hours of training learning about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders and their impact on families
• Strong listening and interpersonal skills
• Comfort with emotional expression and silence
• A sense of humor
• Complete an eight-hour training and attend two additional meetings per year
• Minimum one-year commitment
• Background check

If you would like to join our amazing team of volunteer support group leaders, please contact Luciana Cramer at 805.892.4259, Ext. 30 or lcramer@alz.org. A new facilitator training session will be available soon.

Administrative/Office Help Volunteer

Duties and Responsibilities
• Telephones, administrative projects, organization and tidying, making coffee, overseeing resource lending library, greeting guests
• Phones
• Administrative projects
• Organizing/tidying
• Making coffee
• Oversee resource library
• Greeting clients in a caring manner

Requirements
• Desire to be of help and willing to commit to 5-20 hours a week in the office; hours available M-F, 9-5

Outreach Volunteer Position

We need you to help represent the Alzheimer’s Association at different community events including but not limited to health fairs, educational conferences and group gatherings. This person will help distribute chapter services information and serve as a community liaison for individuals interested in accessing services. You would be required to attend three trainings provided by our professional staff and maintain on going communication with our office manager. Light clerical duties, including but not limited to, data entry, photocopying and preparing packets of information may also be included.

Skills Needed
• Ability to listen and respond to needs of persons with questions about Alzheimer’s disease
• Strong organizing and problem-solving abilities
• Sensitivity to the needs of individuals and families regarding aging issues
• Clear and effective writing and speaking skills
• Willingness to work as part of a team effort
• Keyboarding and basic computer skills
• Ability to prioritize and multi-task
• Willingness to travel/work independently evenings and some weekends 
  
Skills desirable
• Knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and the effects of dementia on individuals and families
• Experience working with individuals and families
• Knowledge of community resources available for seniors and for those dealing with dementia
• Bilingual skills highly desirable.

Time commitment 4-8 hours a week; hours available M-F, 9-5

General

On-Call Volunteer

Volunteers are needed who can be on call to help out with special projects such as large mailings, event preparation and event-day assistance. Tasks will include organizing and preparing materials, event set up/clean up, registration check-in and more. These opportunities will take place either in the office building, or where the event will take place. On-call volunteers will receive e-mails from the Association about upcoming opportunities.

Weekly or Daily Volunteers

For people interested in volunteering on a regular basis, positions are available for weekly volunteers. Volunteers can come in once or twice a week or even daily to assist with various administrative tasks or ongoing projects. Administrative tasks include answering phones, creating packets, data entry, copying, filing, mailing preparations and more. Some ongoing projects include event planning, volunteer recruitment/management and developing/maintaining many of our ongoing programs. Volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association is a great way to sharpen your office skills!

Development/ Special Events

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraiser. Walks are held each year in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Volunteers are needed to help out on Walk day with setting up, registering walkers, handing out water, cleaning up and more. Before the walk, volunteers are needed to assist with publicity, logistics, mailings, data entry and more!

Special Events

Volunteers are needed to help out at many of our special events, including the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. These opportunities vary depending on the event and will include publicity, logistics, mailing preparations, phone support and day of assistance.

Committee Members
Play a key role in actively planning one of our upcoming fundraisers! Committee members are assigned jobs that interest them and that they feel most comfortable doing. Committees meet generally once a month, and most assignments are carried out between meetings at your convenience. Tasks will include, but are not limited to publicity, logistics, sponsorships and more.

Program/ Education/ Family Services

Community Voices (our Speakers Bureau)
Volunteers are needed to serve in various capacities. Speakers may be asked to speak to individuals to facilitate resource groups for family, friends and professional caregivers of persons with dementia. The meetings provide a non-judgmental environment where people can share ideas, experiences, information and coping skills. Interested volunteers will meet with Patient & Family Services to discuss possibilities.

Volunteer Outreach/Management
Our volunteers are passionate, inspired and want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. We are looking for people interested in developing our volunteer program so that we are able to utilize our volunteers’ skills in the most efficient and rewarding way possible. Tasks will include recruiting new volunteers, maintaining a volunteer database, recommending program revisions and coordinating volunteer appreciation events.

Public Outreach/Health Fairs/Education 
Volunteers have the opportunity to promote the Alzheimer’s Association at various public outreach events and health fairs. Chapter representatives distribute information and brochures about Alzheimer’s disease and chapter programs and events. Volunteers can also accompany our Program Director in many education and trainings workshops. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about Alzheimer’s disease as well as many of the issues that accompany the disease, in addition to assisting the Program Director at the events.

Advocacy

Advocacy is a major component of the Alzheimer’s Association mission. Alzheimer’s Advocates are calling for advancements in research and enhanced care and support. Become an Advocate and assist with influencing legislators at the federal and state levels by sending e-mails, writing letters, visiting legislators in home district offices, attending our Public Policy Forums and Capital Day events and identifying new advocates. Contact Donna Beal if you are intrested at dbeal@alz.org or call her at 805.892.4259 .

If you are interested in volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association, call the office closest to you today.


 

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