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Listed below are the various ways you can become involved with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter in a volunteer capacity.
Once trained, Alzheimer’s Association Community Reps (AACRs) represent the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter by representing the Chapter at health & Wellness Fairs throughout the Chapters 88 county service area. After training, AACRs are asked to participate in a minimum of four events per 1 year.
Alzheimer’s advocates play an important role in advocating for the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.
ALZ Stars is the premier athletic team endurance event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Participants compete in events such as full and half marathons, triathlons and cycle events while raising money to support the mission of the Association. Volunteers can support the ALZ Stars program by volunteering for events such as expos, race day aid stations, post-race celebrations and cheer stations! Volunteers are also needed in the office for stuffing swag bags and fundraising packets, mailings, registrations and other pre-event needs.
Forget Me Not Days®, a tag days fundraiser created in 2003 by Bankers Life and Casualty Company, is a nationwide event held each June on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. We look to volunteers to lend a few hours of their time during this two-day fundraiser by going to their local street corners and storefronts to collect donations on our behalf. To thank individuals who make a donation, volunteers hand them a packet of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds to plant in honor of the estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Interested volunteers are asked to contact their local Alzheimer’s Association office. Participating volunteers will be given a distinctive apron or vest to wear while collecting, along with a donation-collection canister and packets of Forget-Me-Not seeds. Donations collected benefit the research, care, and support efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Please note: there may be other tag days fundraisers throughout the year similar to this one but not necessarily associated with Bankers Life and Casualty Company.
Office volunteers donate their time on a daily, weekly, monthly and occasional basis. Generally tasks include but are not limited to data entry, gathering information, answering telephone/email, bulk and regular mailings, preparing program/event packets, miscellaneous tasks as required.
The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is a 24/7 resource available to anyone needing support or information related to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The Illinois Chapter is seeking qualified volunteers to assist its Care Navigation Team with Helpline needs. Volunteer Helpline Technicians are needed to provide Alzheimer’s disease-related: (1) information; (2) referrals; (3) and support to individuals who have been diagnosed, are caregivers, professionals, students and others who contact the Helpline via phone, internet and mail. Training is required and provided by the Chapter. Volunteer Helpline Coordinators are needed to help with Alzheimer’s disease-related: (1) resource verification; (2) community outreach; (3) and other administrative / clerical support. For each position a minimum of a one-year volunteer commitment is required, and the volunteer is needed at least one day a week, Monday through Friday.
By joining advocates from all across Illinois in this one-day event, you can help compel state legislators to engage in the fight to make Illinois dementia capable and protect the needs of the nearly 1 million Illinoisans affected by this devastating disease.
Volunteers can participate in Special Events throughout the Illinois Chapter by serving on volunteer committees, bulk and regular mailings, preparing event packets, calling returning and prospective teams, day-of-event and miscellaneous tasks as required.
Join one of our special event committee’s for ALZ Stars and Walk to End Alzheimer’s Events throughout the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Help assist with planning & logistics, assist in securing sponsorship and recruitment.
A support group is a regularly scheduled in-person or virtual gathering of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, family, friends or caregivers who interact around issues relating to dementia. Groups can have social, educational and/or support components and are facilitated by individuals who have received training from the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.
Membership in the Illinois Chapter Veterans Advisory Committee is limited to individuals passionate about our mission who possesses a sphere of influence that includes decision makers and influencers at companies, veterans groups, and other organizations. Experience with the Armed Forces of the United States is required, either having served as a member of a branch of the services or as a civilian working closely with a branch of the services. Additionally, membership will be open to individuals interested in becoming a member, who would like to “test drive” their relationship with the Illinois Chapter. In all cases, members are able to bring helpful resources of time, talent, and treasure to the Illinois Chapter.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Since 1989, we’ve mobilized millions of Americans in rallying against Alzheimer’s disease the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a movement to reclaim the future for millions.
Volunteers can participate in Walk Events throughout the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter by serving on volunteer committees, bulk and regular mailings, preparing event packets, calling returning and prospective teams, day-of-event and miscellaneous tasks as required.