Alzheimer Society of B.C. volunteers drive forward our mission to support people living with dementia
With more than 750 volunteers from all over British Columbia, many Alzheimer Society of B.C. volunteers are in action at any given time. To illustrate how volunteers are at the heart of our mission to build a community of care and inclusion for people affected by dementia, here is a snapshot of some of the ways our volunteers engaged over a two-week period earlier this spring.
Trained volunteers facilitated 56 support groups for caregivers and people living with dementia. Volunteers also assisted in 56 sessions of Minds in Motion®, a fitness and social program for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
With the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s – the Society’s largest fundraiser – on May 6, our volunteer committees are working flat out to organize engaging, successful Walks. Approximately 90 volunteers worked in communities around the province – including the more than 20 locations where events will be held – to ensure its success.
The Society’s Vancouver office was buzzing with Office Heroes, volunteers who join an on-call list to help out whenever assistance is needed. In just two weeks, 20 Office Heroes:
• Participated in a phone blitz to contact 700 previous Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s participants and invite them to our 2018 event.
• Built a database of potential event organizers for Walk in a Box, a self-contained event package that includes all instructions and materials required to host and run a small Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s in any community.
• Packaged 750 copies of our quarterly Connections and Insight newsletters to mail out, helping keep people all over B.C. up to date on everything to do with dementia.
• Packaged manuals and materials to ensure 25 support group facilitators are prepared.
• Organized materials and resources to keep our Resource Centres across B.C. well-stocked.
We even had two Office Hero field trips: a morning rush hour blitz to hand out 1,000 pledge forms for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s and an on-location photoshoot for our upcoming toolkit on dementia-friendly workplaces.
Meanwhile, office volunteers in our Resource Centres kept our programs and services running smoothly by answering phones, confirming workshop and other program registrations, and welcoming visitors who stopped by with questions and concerns.
All in all, more than 200 volunteers in a two-week span worked hard to make an immediate difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners. It’s going to take a movement to build a dementia-friendly B.C. and our volunteers play a critical role.
To learn more about volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of B.C., visit alzbc.org/volunteer.