Volunteer opportunities

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You can make a difference in the lives of people affected by dementia by volunteering with the Alzheimer Society. The Alzheimer Society of Oxford has numerous volunteer opportunities. Here are just a few.

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What can you offer us?

We have numerous established volunteer opportunities, but we encourage you to apply if you have a special skill to offer. Let us know what type of volunteering you have in mind!

Apply to volunteer online.

Volunteer Companion Program

Do you like to visit? Join our team!

As a volunteer companion, you are matched with a person with dementia living in our community, and provide weekly visits to the individual. The social and activity time our companions provide is a great source of enjoyment for the person with dementia.

At the same time, the visits allow some much-needed respite time for the family members/friends responsible for the care of the individual with the disease.

Please click here to learn more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity!

Office volunteer

Our office volunteers help to keep things moving smoothly so our staff can focus their attention on supporting individuals with dementia, their family members and their friends.

Our volunteers help with many jobs, such as preparing for events and educational materials, welcoming people at reception, photocopying and collating supplies and entering data online.

If you are interested in becoming an office volunteer, please contact us at 519-421-2466 or [email protected].

Event volunteer

The Alzheimer Society of Oxford hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the annual Walk for Alzheimer’s, Coffee Break and various third-party events, as well as smaller events such as school presentations and health fair displays.

We’re in need of volunteers in a number of capacities such as photography, massage therapy, children’s programming, exercise programming, food preparation, networking, fundraising and so much more.

If you are interested in helping out at one of our upcoming events, please contact us at 519-421-2466 or [email protected].

Cuddle Bear Program volunteer

The "Cuddle Bear Program" offers hand-knitted bears to individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias who are living in a long-term care facility or in the community. The cuddle bears meet a fundamental need and may evoke fond memories of the distant past for those who have little connection to the present.

Other volunteer opportunities

We’re in need of research, gardening and lawn maintenance, building maintenance, community engagement, graphic design, videography, bakers, community liaisons and so much more. Some of these positions can even be done at home or outside of office hours.

If you have skills that we may benefit from, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at 519-421-2466 or [email protected].

Volunteer

Volunteers are the most important resource for charitable organizations like ours. At the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, volunteer time and energy are essential to help us support people living with dementia.

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Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is easy! Consider your own interests and skills, then think of who might benefit. Whatever you do, start early. The sooner you start volunteering, the greater the benefits you'll reap later on in life.

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Volunteer Companion Program

Our Volunteer Companion Program currently has 30 active matches in the community and our goal is to increase that number substantially. Through their visits, our volunteers provide social and recreational time for the person with dementia, as well as a period of respite for the care partner.

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Why I Volunteer

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities! We spoke to our volunteers about why they felt inspired to volunteer and we were delighted with their responses. Learn more about some of our volunteers by reading their stories below!

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