You can make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia. Our volunteers are provided certified training programs to enhance their knowledge, enjoy their activities and are recognized for their priceless talents. Review all our volunteer opportunities below.

Volunteers at the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's in Niagara Region.

If you would like to volunteer please complete our application form.

Visit our volunteer website at volunteers.alzheimerniagara.ca for up-to-date volunteer opportunities and training.

Our volunteer coordinator is always available to answer any questions you may have.

Catherine Davies
Coordinator of Volunteer programs
[email protected]
905-687-3914 ext. 544

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers are people like you who want to make a difference in their community. When you become an Alzheimer Society volunteer you have a chance to:

  • Help make life better for those living with dementia
  • Help improve the quality of community life
  • Support a cause that you believe in
  • Work with other members of the team to achieve a specific goal

Volunteering also helps you make a difference in your own life. You can:

  • Use your professional skills in a new setting
  • Meet other people who share your interests and passions
  • Learn new skills and discover new talents
  • Advance your career or gain experience and qualifications for future employment, scholarships, bursaries and academic programs
  • Build your network and establish contacts in your field of interest
  • Boost your health and reduce your stress
  • Create a schedule that works for you
  • Have fun!

Volunteer Opportunities

You can make a difference in the lives of people affected by dementia by volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. Through our certified training programs we ensure that our volunteers enhance their knowledge, enjoy their activities and are recognized for their priceless gift of time and talents.

McDonald's Coffee Day Fundraiser Volunteer 

Create awareness on World Alzheimer's Day (Wednesday, September 21, 2022) and help raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region by volunteering at a McDonald's Coffee Day! 

Volunteers are requested from 8 am to 8 pm (split into four 3-hour shifts) at each of our locations (Welland, Port Colborne, Niagara Falls x2) to let patrons know that .50 from each coffee and tea purchased will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region to support individuals living with dementia and their families. Volunteers will also offer patrons the opportunity to donate in an Alzheimer Society branded coin box instead of/or in addition to purchasing a coffee or tea. Brochures detailing ASNR programs and services will also be available for any patrons who express interest in learning more about the Alzheimer Society or dementia. 

Interested volunteers can contact Catherine Davies, Volunteer Coordinator, [email protected]

Friendly Visiting Volunteer

Happiness and companionship are such important parts of our lives and very important aspects of Alzheimer care. Our friendly visitors go to residential homes, nursing homes, long-term care facilities or visit our clients via online platforms such as ZOOM and provide our clients with companionship and meaningful interaction.

Brain Wave Café Volunteer

The Brain Wave Café volunteer assists the program facilitator to implement the social recreation programs offered to our clients and care partners. Cafés are offered in 5 local communities and are safe place for clients of our organization to come together with their community, share a cup of coffee, discuss the experiences and participate in meaningful brain stimulating activities.

Bingo Volunteer

This customer support role is a very important part of our fundraising! This volunteer position allows us to make money for our many programs and services at the Alzheimer Society. Volunteers are asked to commit 2.5 hours monthly or biweekly.

Fundraising Volunteer

These volunteers help in all aspects of the events, such as planning, marketing and day-of-event assistance. Volunteers are crucial at all of the events we hold during the year including our Walk for Alzheimer's, and the Peter Saracino Alzheimer Golf Classic. We are always looking for committee members to help with event organization.

Education Volunteer

Volunteers assist in educating the public and raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias through our Aging and Dementia Simulation.

Office/Administration Volunteer

Volunteers help with day-to-day workings of the office, such as photocopying, filing, letter campaigns, reception and data entry.

Early Stage Program Volunteer

Volunteers assist with all our Early Stage Programs and are particularly vital for helping during our monthly R.E.B.E.L. group meetings.

Tele-Care Friendly Visiting Volunteer

Tele-Care volunteers make calls at regular intervals to Tele-Care clients to offer them support and an opportunity to be connected with information and education being offered at their local Alzheimer Society and/or in their community. The purpose behind connecting people with resources is to assist them with coping more effectively in living well with dementia as well as reducing isolation and increasing independence.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a diverse group of professionals dedicated to ensuring the delivery of our mission. They are entrusted with overseeing the operation of the organization and are accountable to the general public. We are always seeking nominees for the Board whose maturity, expertise and wisdom will contribute to the effective governance of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region and who are willing and able to volunteer their expertise, time, energy and resources. If you are interested in joining our Board, or know someone who is, please complete our Board Nomination Form.

Accessibility Commitment Statement

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is committed to treating each person in a way that will allow them to maintain their independence and dignity. The Society believes in integration and equal opportunity. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner, and will do so by preventing and removing identified barriers to accessibility, educating employees and meeting the accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

If you, or someone that you represent, has a disability and needs accessible services, information in an alternate format, would like to provide feedback to us, or require any other accommodation, please contact: Denise Verreault, Director of Programs and Services.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteers are critical to organizations like ours. To help you find the right fit and make the most of your volunteer experience, please complete our online volunteer application form.

Volunteer Time Sheet

If you are a Friendly Visiting Volunteer, you may now report your volunteer hours using our volunteer time sheet.

Did you know we have a special website just for volunteers? Create an account today to see upcoming training and events.

Visit http://volunteers.alzheimerniagara.ca

Friendly Visiting Program

The Friendly Visiting Program matches a person living with dementia with a trained volunteer to decrease social isolation through weekly visits.

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Brain Wave Café

Brain Wave Cafés are a drop-in group offering a welcoming place in the community for people to meet up regularly and share their experiences with their peers. Online option now available!

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Early Stage Programs

Our Early Stage Programs offer an opportunity for individuals living with early-stage dementia or cognitive change to connect with peers in a supportive environment.

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ASNR Advisory Group

Tele-Care Program

The Tele-Care Program is a phone based Friendly Visiting program supported by trained volunteers who make phone calls to clients on a pre-determined schedule.

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are a diverse group of volunteers dedicated to the governance, overall policy and service direction of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

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Take action

There are lots of ways to get involved with the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region including volunteering, fundraising, advocating, and donating. We rely on community minded individuals to help support our mission and vision.

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