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Volunteer with the Georgia Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest non-profit health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's disease. Our VISION is a world without Alzheimer's disease. To help us achieve that vision, our MISSION is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health, and to enhance care and support for all individuals, their families and caregivers. 

The Georgia Chapter has a staff of approximately 40, located at regional offices and across the state.  We need your help—no matter where you live in Georgia—to join us in the fight against the disease. If you are age 14-104 and can give an hour or two once in a while, an hour or two a week, or a greater time commitment, we need you. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! Our volunteers are very special people—individuals who share with us their skills and talents, and become part of the Association team. They are individuals who allow us to leverage our resources, giving us the maximum potential in providing the best possible service to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. All volunteers are asked to complete the volunteer application, go through an interview and training orientation to be best prepared for the duty that best matches their talent and desire.

From the mountains to the beach from Dalton to Valdosta to Columbus to Savannah and all across Georgia– great things happen when you volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association! Learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities and how to get started as an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer below. If you have a talent or interest in one specific area, we will work with you to put those skills to use. Some of our volunteer opportunities are outlined below:


Administrative Office Volunteers          
Do you love a fun office environment and thrive on being organized and up for anything? As a member of the administrative team, you’ll help organize and prepare materials for conferences, special events and Helpline packets and aid in the overall workflow of a community outreach center. This encompasses answering and making phone calls. making copies, organizing mailings, computer work, data entry and more. We offer weekday and limited weekend opportunities. Volunteers can also be trained to facilitate basic educational programs.


Advocacy Volunteers          
If you feel passionate about the Alzheimer’s cause and want the world to know, you will make a great advocacy volunteer! You don’t have to be experienced in advocacy (we teach you that!) just a desire to become involved in policy. Advocates help us influence legislators at the Federal and State level by sending emails, writing letters and calling or visiting legislators. You can respond to action alerts from the comfort of your home, attend advocacy events, visit legislators in home district offices and assist in the identifying new advocates.  We need individuals and groups to become informed about the issues and statistics related to Alzheimer's disease, then, as opportunities arise, help us get the word out, MOVE, ACT, VOICE—become a grassroot advocate with your local, state, or federal elected officials; respond to email advocaty alerts by emailing, calling or writing legislators from the comfort of your home, attend Public Policy Conferences and Capitol Day events.
 

Health/Information Fair Representative
Do you enjoy meeting the public and sharing the resources of the Alzheimer's Association?  Represent the Association and Community Outreach Centers across the state at various health and information fairs held in communities all around Georgia—volunteers from each county in GA are encouraged to become trained.
 

Helpline Specialist Volunteers
Empathy, patience, kindness and problem-solving skills are hallmark characteristics of our Helpline volunteers. If you have a background as a caregiver or a degree in social work, counseling, psychology or gerontology or just  have a special place in your heart to speak with people, this is a good fit for you. After thorough training, working from an Alzheimer’s Association office, members of our Helpline team take phone calls from families seeking support, encouragement, hope and guidance through the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Helpline team also fulfills Helpline packets and updates a database of all of our Helpline callers.  The volunteer will take calls from individuals with Alzheimer's disease, family members, care professionals, or medical professionals, to make them aware of services we provide and provide them resources in their community to meet their needs

 
Speaker's Bureau Volunteers
Shrinking violet’s need not apply! Our Speakers Bureau volunteers represent and promote the Alzheimer’s Association through presentations and at events.  Presentations can range from as little as three minutes to full one-hour trainings. Speakers Bureau volunteers may also distribute information and brochures at health fairs and employee giving drives. These volunteers need access to reliable transportation and should be willing and able to travel in local areas, representing the Association in the community by speaking to civic clubs, church groups, school groups, businesses, etc.
 

Special Events - Walk To End Alzheimer's, Dancing Stars and others
Throughout the year, we do many special events to help raise awareness and funds for the Association. These events include but are not limited to motorcycle rides, triathlons, golf tournaments, auctions/silent auctions, flag football, 5k runs, dinners etc. The signature awareness and fundraising events in each community are the annual Walk To End Alzheimer's—typically held in the fall and Dancing Stars held in the spring. Volunteers are needed to serve on planning committees throughout the event season as well as day of events volunteers to set up, manage and clean up.
 

Support Group Volunteer          
 If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that gives you in-person contact with families that are coping with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, facilitating a support group might be a good fit for you. Our expertly trained support group leaders facilitate or co-facilitate support groups throughout our chapter for family members and caregivers seeking assistance, emotional support and information on all topics related to Alzheimer’s disease. The required time commitment varies from three to four hours on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis depending upon the specific support group assigned. Support group leader volunteers are required to make a minimum one-year commitment.
 

"A Time To Talk" (Metro Atlanta only)
A Time To Talk is a peer telephone support program assisting persons with early stage dementia and caregivers of dementia patients.  The program provides telephone calls 2 times a month to participants who can benefit by receiving emotional support, coping strategies, or just a listening ear by someone who understands.  All calls are made by volunteers who either have early memory loss or experience caring for a person with dementia. 


How to Become an Alzheimer's Association Volunteer

1. Print and fill out Volunteer Application.

2. Scan, e-mail, fax or mail your completed application to the regional office in your area.

Metro Atlanta and State/Chapter Office 
Mia Chester
41 Perimeter Center East
Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30346
mchester@alz.org
Fax: 404.636.9768

Augusta/Augusta Regional Office
Kimberly Ross-Malson
106 SRP Drive; Suite A
Evans, GA 30809
kmalson@alz.org

Fax: 706.860.9334

Columbus/Chattahoochee Valley Regional Office
Jeannie Pierson
5900 River Road; Suite 301
Columbus, GA 31904
jepierson@alz.org
Fax: 706.494.0533

Dalton/North Georgia Regional Office
Freda Stephenson
922 East Morris Street
Dalton, GA 30721
fstephenson@alz.org
Fax: 706.275.0159

Macon/Central Georgia Regional Office
Tara Johnson
886 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA 31201
tajohnson@alz.org
Fax: 478.746.6679

 

Savannah/Coastal Georgia Regional Office
Deborah Heddendorf
201 Television Circle
Savannah, GA 31406
dheddendorf@alz.org
Fax: 912.921.7960

Tifton/Southwest GA Regional Office
Dan Phillips
225 E. 2nd Street
Tifton, GA 31794
dphillips@alz.org
Fax: 229.888.2620

 

If you need more information on volunteering, please call 1.800.272.3900 to find a Regional Office in your area.


 

Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.