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At the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, all of our activities and sponsored events are made possible by the assistance of volunteers.  Available volunteer opportunities are listed below.

The first step is to download the Volunteer Application, complete it, and return it to Alice Tanner to brainstorm about which volunteer opportunity best matches your time and talents.

Helpline - Call Specialist
Provide callers with information on Alzheimer’s disease, caregiver concerns and referrals to chapter and community services. Offer one-on-one guidance and support. Assist with maintenance of Helpline files. Training, supervision, and ongoing in-services provided by the chapter.

Volunteer Presenter
The Alzheimer's Association offers community education programs (including The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease as well as Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters) to increase dementia awareness and knowledge in our local communities.  We are very fortunate to utilize specially trained Volunteer Presenters in extending this outreach.  If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Presenter, please join us for training in a variety of program topics focusing on dementia-related and caregiver issues.  Upon completion of your training, you will be able to effectively use your knowledge and educate your community about Alzheimer’s disease.

Support Group Facilitators
The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings each month.  Our chapter is always looking to expand its facilitator base to add additional groups throughout our area. 

Speaker's Bureau
This is an opportunity to represent the Alzheimer's Association to community, civic, and church groups. You will be contacted when a request is received in your area and encouraged to schedule some of your own speaking engagements. Training will be provided (materials will include sample outlines for presentation topics).

Public Awareness and Promotion
Distribute information on chapter services and upcoming education and support programs at special events.

Fundraising/Special Events
Assist with pre-event plannng or activities for Walk to End ALzheimer's or other special events.

Community Advocate
Assist with public policy activities, including writing letters to representatives, testifying at hearings and before government officials about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, or serve as a liaison between your local representative and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Office Support
Answering multi-line phones, typing, photocopying, faxing, assisting with mailings, organizing projects, and data entry. If you need a more flexible schedule, consider becoming a special project volunteer – to be on call for projects requiring additional assistance.

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Our chapter is excited to host regional Volunteer Recognition Events in April to honor the amazing contribution of the 272 dedicated volunteers who provided over 5,300 hours of volunteer work in 2013.

Chapter Presents Inaugural Lifetime Acheivement Award

Ruth Michelhaugh has served as a volunteer of the Alzheimer’s Association in South West Michigan for almost three decades. Since an Association office has existed in Kalamazoo, Ruth has been involved and has worn many hats in her contribution to our mission. She has mentored countless Association staff, provided education programs, facilitated support groups, represented the Chapter at health fairs and networking events, and has logged 3,566 Helpline calls to constituents for follow-up assistance and support during her tenure. She has traveled to the national office in Chicago for training and has advocated far and wide for the needs of families living with Alzheimer’s.

Our chapter is pleased to present our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Ruth, and with a desire to continue this recognition, future recipients will be presented with the Ruth Michelhaugh Lifetime Achievement Award.

2014 Regional Volunteers of the Year

Capital Area Region - Wendy Briggs
South Central Region - Marlene Fales
South West Region - Lori Puckett
West Shore Region - Linda Ochs and Linda Leahy



Alzheimer's Association

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