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- Service Opportunities
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Nationwide opportunities through email and the web

Participate in Research

The Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch is a free, easy-to-use matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers, and physicians with current studies. Our continuously updated database includes more than 250 promising clinical studies being conducted at over 700 sites across the country.

1. Access TrialMatch online. For additional assistance, email trialmatch@alz.org or call 800.272.3900.
2. Complete a brief questionnaire to create a profile.
3. The Alzheimer's Association will compare your unique profile to its comprehensive, continually updated clinical study database.
4. You will receive information about studies for which you might be a good fit based on your preferences, location and personal characteristics.
5. It will be your choice to join any study for which you qualify.

Support Legislative Change and Increased Research Funding

To receive timely alerts of simple actions to help influence national policy, increase resources for research, and create widespread awareness of this devastating disease, sign up to become an Alzheimer’s Association Advocate.

Local opportunities

Administrative support
Administrative volunteers perform quiet, necessary tasks such as front office reception, data entry, filing and so on. Volunteers must be available to work a minimum of three hours on a regular shift. Most work will be during regular business hours and in the main office (near the intersection of I-610 and the Gulf Freeway).

Alzheimer’s Chorus
These volunteers will help people in the early stages of the disease keep active and participating with music.

Blondes v. Brunettes (Committee interest)
This annual event, held every spring, pits two teams of historic rivals in a powder-puff football game, part of a day of fun, philanthropy, and friendly competition. Committee members play an important role in planning, recruiting team members and raising funds toward the success of the event. Committee members must have participated in the game in a prior year.

Community Rep (at info tables & more)
Grassroots advocates create and maintain Chapter relationships with community organizations by distributing event information, attending health fairs and community events, and networking. Last year, community reps spoke with more than 1,000 people at 155 health fairs.

Congressional Team Member (Ambassadors and Teammates)
As an ambassador or Ambassador’s teammate, you will engage public officials and policymakers to urge their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference. Thanks to the work of the Association and its policy advocates, Alzheimer’s researchers got the largest annual increase ever in federal Alzheimer’s research funding – a nearly 60% increase – last year. In addition, advocates succeeded in achieving Medicare coverage for cognitive and functional assessments as well as care planning services for those with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments.

Content Creator
Generate articles, blog posts, press releases, and/or other social media posts to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and Association resources. Content Creators help make the Alzheimer’s Association a trusted, easy to find, and credible resource. Perfect for someone with creative writing, marketing, and/or media skills.

Day-of Event Support (mainly Walks)
Those interested in volunteering on the day of the walk can choose one or more of the 13 Walks to End Alzheimer’s in this area. You can help in a variety of ways such as assisting at the starting or finish line, the opening ceremony, or along the walk route. Sign up at www.alz.org/walk.

Gardening
Opportunities involve planning, planting and maintaining our raised vegetable beds. Volunteer help with the perennial beds such as deadheading, weeding, trimming, and litter removal is always appreciated. A landscape service handles the routine work and heavy duty clean-up. Most work will be during regular business hours and in the main office (near the intersection of I-610 and the Gulf Freeway).

Intern
The Chapter provides internship opportunities to students during the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. All internships are unpaid temporary positions with an emphasis on on-the-job training and pre-determined set goals. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college/university that requires an internship as part of their academic requirements or provides coursework credit for related field work. For more information on specific opportunities open now, contact Sabrina Strawn at sstrawn@alz.org

Phone Outreach
Through friendly phone calls, volunteers follow up with caregivers, people with dementia, and other individuals who have called the 24-hour Helpline. Callers help ensure that HelpLine requests have been filled. Volunteers may also be calling participants in various walks or other events.

Faith Outreach
Purple Power Champions are Alzheimer’s Association® volunteers who connect the Association with their personal faith organization(s) to help raise awareness. The goal of a Purple Power Champion is to identify opportunities and implement tactics that educate members of their faith organization(s) on Alzheimer’s disease while connecting them to the mission, programs, services and initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association. Power Purple Champions commit to at least one year of service.

Speakers Bureau
Deliver specific community education programs developed by the Alzheimer’s Association, using scripted curricula, PowerPoint presentations and other prepared training materials provided by the Association. All topics are related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. See some of the education programs that are available. To be eligible for this role, volunteers must complete the following requirements:

1. Be an active volunteer
2. Be an experienced speaker
3. Complete two programs at home (Know the Ten Signs and The Basics.)
4. Attend a three-hour training session, and
5. And attend at least two speaking engagements with experienced speakers.

Support Group Assistance
Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. Volunteers assist support groups as facilitators, co-facilitators, and liaisons to provide up-to-date information relating to Alzheimer’s disease and Association services. Future facilitators or co-facilitators must complete the following requirements:

1. Meet the requirements to be an active volunteer (web address for that page);
2. For new support groups, complete the community assessment process and Support Group Host Location Agreement; and
3. Complete the half-day support group facilitator training.

The Longest Day Committee Interest On a designated day in June, teams around the world come together to raise funds and awareness and to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity. Much of the Longest Day Committee's work can be done by email and phone.

Longest Day Committee Positions at a Glance
Team Recruitment Committee: Responsible for recruiting new and returning teams and individuals. Focus on recruiting among various community sectors and by targeting specific activities, interests, corporations and organizations, facilities, schools, religious groups, etc.

Marketing and Outreach Committee: Responsible for creating awareness/promotion of The Longest Day through social media, materials distribution, etc. Coordinate materials distribution in key communities and identify opportunities to diversify and expand outreach.

Materials Distribution Team: Grassroots volunteers distribute recruitment materials (postcards, flyers, etc.) as allowed in community areas such as libraries, churches, restaurants, local businesses, healthcare organizations, etc.

Walk Committee Interest The Southeast Texas walks together attracted more than 10,000 participants and raised $1.6 million in 2016. Planning committee members play an integral part in the success of the Walk. This year-round volunteering commitment helps increase awareness while raising critical funds for local, state, and nationwide efforts. Sign up at www.alz.org/walk.

Committee Positions at a Glance
Sponsorship Committee: Assist in recruiting new sponsors to the event as well as strengthening relationships with existing sponsors. Work to identify opportunities to engage the business community in the mission of the Alzheimer Association’s through Walk. Engage sponsors in all Walk activities.

Team Recruitment Committee: Responsible for recruitment of new Walk teams as well as the New Team Kickoff event. Help recruit new Walk teams from all sectors of the community and coach the new teams to fundraise through calls with team captains. Committee members may be responsible for recruiting a specific number of new teams.

Team Retention Committee: Responsible for retaining and cultivating prior Walk teams. This position will work year-round on team retention strategies including planning and executing the Walk Celebration Party and past team registration event(s).

Marketing and Outreach Committee: Responsible for creating awareness and promotion of the event. Help ensure collateral distribution takes place across the community as well as build public awareness of the Alzheimer’s Association through the promotion of Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Mission Committee: Responsible for mission and public policy activities at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s including the Promise Garden. Help connect the community, teams and team members to the mission throughout the Walk to End Alzheimer’s season. Assist in identifying opportunities to engage Walk participants in advocacy efforts before, during and post-event.

Logistics Committee: Responsible for day of event logistical needs. Helps to recruit and trains day-of event volunteers to ensure a great event experience for all participants. All committee members help to ensure Walk day components (such as the start/finish line, opening ceremony, and the walk route) are well planned.


 

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