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The Alzheimer’s Association counts on volunteers to help fulfill our mission

In fiscal year 2016, 21,580 hours of service were contributed by 2,304 volunteers, all who regularly shared their time and talents serving in a variety of roles. The estimated dollar value for this volunteer time according to the Independent Sector is $508,424.80.

The Chapter provides opportunities for individuals, groups and businesses. We match volunteers’ interests and skills with available roles at each of our six offices. In some cases, volunteers are able to assist from the comfort of their home. Illinois Chapter volunteers assist with the Alzheimer’s Association Community Representative program (AACR), Advocacy, ALZ Stars, Bankers Life Forget Me Not Days, General Office, Helpline, Illinois Action Summit, Special Event/Day of Event, Special Events Committee, Support Group Facilitator, Veterans Advisory Committee, and our signature events Walk To End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day.

SPECIAL Events Committee

What is the Walk Planning Committee?

  • The Walk Planning Committee is a primarily volunteer driven committee that is comprised of subcommittees who have a focus in areas like; Team Recruitment, Team Retention, Sponsorship, Marketing and Outreach, or Logistics.
  • The committee plans all year round from the kick-off to the wrap-up. Some committee members concentrate on growing the event, like recruiting new teams, covering the community in Walk materials, and securing sponsorships. Others focus on event production and find ways to enhance the event experience.

What we ask of you

  • Join the committee and choose a subcommittee that best fits your skills and interests
  • Attend the Volunteer Kickoff event in January to gain more information on each subcommittee, and volunteer expectations.  Attend the Committee Orientation to receive training on the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, learn about Association programs and services, and receive an introduction to the Walk event model.
  • Participate in committee meetings

Meetings are held once a month and are one hour long

  • In addition to committee meetings, subcommittees will meet separately via in person or conference call typically once a month; however, may increase frequency during the summer as Walk approaches. 

Ready to join the Planning Committee?
Complete a Volunteer Profile today and make sure to select Special Event Committee as your area of interest. You will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss next steps.


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.

Open Now: Public Policy/Advocacy Internship - Winter Semester
BECOME a Volunteer

In order to become a volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, we request that volunteers create a profile. This will help to inform us of your volunteer interests and availability. At the Chapter, we strive to make your volunteer experience the most rewarding. If you have a specific skill or if you are bilingual, we will work with you to determine the best volunteer position within our organization. Please click the button below to complete your volunteer profile and learn more about each of our volunteer opportunities. We look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

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.