Ways to Volunteer

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Learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of families living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Please contact Marilyn MacMullin:

 

Ways to Volunteer

We have lots of exciting opportunities available to suit many different interests, including:

 

Canvassing

By volunteering a few hours of your time as one of our Door to Door Canvassers, you’ll be making a big difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Friendly manner and
  • Ability to work independently.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ask for funds to support the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia,
  • Raise awareness by handing out information about the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and
  • Thank neighbours for supporting the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Training/Orientation:
General orientation to the Society is made available by the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources. Training specific to the position will be provided by the Door to Door coordinator.

Benefits
As a canvasser, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Practice and enhance skills,
  • Meet new people,
  • Learn more about the work of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia,
  • Work flexible hours and
  • Support a cause you believe in.

 

Public education display presenters

Our public education display presenters provide a link between the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and the community by sharing information related to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills,
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and
  • Interest in the mandate of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Set up display board provided by the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia at a given location,
  • Stand near the display board during the event,
  • Refer visitors to organizational brochures, as appropriate and
  • Refer visitors to the appropriate staff member when unable or unqualified to answer a particular question.

Training/Orientation:

General orientation to the Society is made available by the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources. Training specific to the role will be provided by a member of the Programs and Services team.

Time commitment:

3-4 hours, depending on the length of the event

Benefits:

  • Practice and enhance skills,
  • Meet new people,
  • Learn more about the work of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and
  • Support a cause you believe in.

 

Reception coverage

You can help assist the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia in greeting visitors, answering phones, and other administrative tasks.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills,
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and
  • Interest in the mandate of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting visitors as they arrive at the reception,
  • Answering calls and directing calls as appropriate,
  • Announcing arrivals to appropriate staff members and
  • Other administrative tasks as needed.

Training and Orientation:

General orientation to the Society is made available by the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources. Training specific to the role will be provided by a member of the administrative staff.

Time Commitment:

3-4 hours per week, as necessary

Benefits:

  • Practice and enhance skills,
  • Meet new people,
  • Learn more about the work of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and
  • Support a cause you believe in.

 

Special events

Volunteers play a large role in our fund development activities throughout the year. You'll have the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and learn more about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills,
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Interest in the mandate of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia,
  • Comfortable with handling money,

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Registering and welcoming participants,
  • Collecting money and distributing materials,
  • Promoting and selling raffle tickets and
  • Set up and clean up of event location.

Training and Orientation:

General orientation to the Society is made available by the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources. Training specific to the role will be provided by a member of the Fund Development team.

Time Commitment:

1-4 hours, depending on the length of the event.

Benefits:

  • Practice and enhance skills
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun at different events
  • Support a cause you believe in

 

Share Your Story

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is looking for volunteers to help us continue to make a difference. By sharing your story, you can help thousands of those living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

We have lots of different opportunities to suit many different interests, including:

Programs and services: Help us provide support, education and information to the thousands of Nova Scotians living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

Profile stories: Do you have tips or successful strategies for providing care that you would like to share with other families? We would like to include a caregiver's perspective in our quarterly In the Loop newsletter. We really value the practice advice that others understand the disease and try strategies that may help.

You can submit a short piece- 400 words or less or we can interview you and write the article.

Education: Part of our role here is to educate the public about the disease. Putting a human face on the disease and sharing a small part of their story can be very powerful in helping others to connect with our messages. We are looking for family photographs and/or short stories that can be put into our PowerPoint presentations and used as part of the overall teaching tool. Names can be changed if desired.

Fund development: Help us raise funds! The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia receives no government funding, so we rely on the generosity of the public to help fund our program and service delivery and critical research.

Festive season: We are looking to interview a caregiver, who is willing to share their story with potential Christmas donors.

January campaign: Are you a Caregiver who has received great help from the Society, through any one of our various Programs and Services? We would like to share your experience with potential donors.

Walk for Alzheimer's®: We are looking for members of families, from grandkids to parents, to help promote our Walk for Alzheimer's. This could include print, online, radio or television promotion.

Communications: Help us share the story of the Alzheimer Society ! We regularly receive requests from the media, who are looking for caregivers or those living with the disease to share their experience.

Media interviews: Interested in sharing your experience with a provincial or national audience? Media interviews could be done by radio, television, newspaper or magazine outlets. If you are more comfortable with one form over another, not a problem at all - just let us know!

Awareness month: January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Canada. We are looking for volunteers to give this national month a Nova Scotian flavour. This might include a profile story, being quoted in our press release, or promotional materials being sent out.

General awareness: The Alzheimer Society is here to help, and we want everyone to know about the valuable programs and services we offer. Throughout the year we look for volunteers who are willing to appear in ads (print or radio), or videos

Writing: Give your perspective! We welcome submissions from volunteers for our newsletter, annual reports or website.

If any of these opportunities interest you, or if you have further questions, please contact Sarah Lyon by calling (902) 422-7961 ext. 227 or by e-mailing [email protected].