Last year, over 500 volunteers contributed almost 6,000 hours of volunteer service, which is equivalent to 3 full time positions for one year.
What an incredible year it’s been! When we say we couldn’t do the work we do without our volunteers, we mean it. Whether volunteering on a regular basis or coming out to one of our events, volunteers are integral to our work at the Alzheimer Society.
We are so lucky to have volunteers who are enthusiastic and committed to making a difference in our community. Each hour spent tirelessly supporting the work we do goes such a long way to making an impact on the lives of people with dementia and their families.
There are so many different ways our volunteers are involved; here are just a few of the many events and programs that our amazing volunteers are a part of.
Minds in Motion has been a wonderful way to engage volunteers in a meaningful opportunity with the Alzheimer Society. This 8 week program combines physical activity as well as mental and social stimulation for individuals living with early to mid stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners. Our volunteers have gone the extra mile in providing the support and encouragement for this program and the results for the participants have been remarkable.
Each year the Walk for Memories brings out hundreds of volunteers to support this signature event. We have volunteers helping out in all areas – coat check, registration, marshalling, etc. Many of our volunteers return year after year and it’s truly inspiring to see 350 volunteers all committed to making the event such a success.
During National Volunteer Week, we are going to be highlighting some of the many outstanding volunteers who are part of our programs. We’ve asked a few of our volunteers to share their stories and why they dedicate their time to the Alzheimer Society. Make sure you check back here on the blog each day to see a different volunteer story.
Here’s to another amazing year with our outstanding volunteers!