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Impact of Volunteering
Dementia is a growing public health crisis that threatens to overwhelm families, communities and our health-care system. This disease takes more than just life; it takes memories and abilities first, leaving individuals entirely dependent on their caregivers. With over 250,000 Ontarians diagnosed and that total rising every year, we need to take action now.
The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay was founded by volunteers who saw a need in the community to assist people who were struggling to cope with the effects of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer Society has remained a grass-roots organization and continues to rely heavily on volunteers.
Our Volunteer Philosophy
- Volunteers are valued and respected by everyone at the Society. The Society actively seeks volunteers' input on programs, policies and procedures and agency concerns.
- As representatives of the community-at-large, volunteers actively participate at all levels of the Society, ensuring that services are responsive to the needs of the clients. The Society will endeavour to recruit volunteers from all areas of the District of Thunder Bay.
- Volunteers enhance the services provided and do not assume duties of paid staff.
- Volunteers act as representatives of the Society. The extent of their relationships with clients is outlined in their job descriptions. Training and supervision is provided to ensure volunteers understand their roles, responsibilities and limitations and are able to undertake them in an appropriate and safe manner.
Volunteers are valued members of the team who bring:
- Special skills and fresh perspectives to our work with people affected by dementia.
- Time and energy to devote to Alzheimer awareness and education.
- Skills for fundraising to enable the Society to provide necessary services.
- Special skills and personality traits to facilitate friendly interaction with people affected by dementia.
Every time a volunteer visits a home, obtains a donation, or answers a phone, they make a difference. They also benefits by developing new skills, working with fun people, sharing knowledge and expertise, and experiencing the satisfaction of being part of a dynamic organization.
Opportunities to Volunteer
- Front desk reception
- Minds in Motion
- Art Program
- Music Program
- IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's
- Alzheimer Rendezvous
- Coffee Break
- Community Awareness and Education
- 3rd Party Events
- Share your story by becoming an ambassador!
How to Get Involved
Contact the Volunteer & Grant Coordinator:
345-9556 ext. 2006
Why I Volunteer
Some of our volunteers shared stories about what inspired them to volunteer.