Cleveland’s Alzheimer’s Association seeking new volunteers

February 9, 2018 GMT

Cleveland’s Alzheimer’s Association seeking new volunteers

CLEVELAND – Ann Paras of Avon Lake knows firsthand the toll that Alzheimer’s disease can take on a family. Her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000 and her mother had vascular dementia.

After her parents’ deaths, Paras got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and started an adult children’s support group that grew out of her own caregiver experiences.

The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter is looking for more volunteers like Paras to help provide support to people who have the disease, their families and their friends.

The chapter will host three free Volunteer Open House events this month to introduce the organization, share volunteer opportunities and recruit new high-impact volunteers. The open houses will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Feb. 22 at the chapter’s office at 23215 Commerce Park, Suite 300 in Beachwood

• Feb. 26 at the chapter’s office at 37309 Harvest Ave. in Avon

• Feb. 28 at the chapter’s office at 8522 East Ave. in Mentor.

Potential volunteers can pick a date and location and choose a session time. Register by contacting Marilyn Hahn, chapter volunteer engagement manager, at mahahn@alz.org or 216.342.5596.

Drop-in guests are also welcome.

Hahn said the open houses will resemble a job fair. Each chapter department will have a table and display board highlighting the impact, requirements and benefits of their volunteer positions. Copies of volunteer position descriptions will be available.

Current volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions, she said.

The organization is specifically seeking volunteers to teach educational programs, create awareness while raising funds, promote change in public policy, and facilitate support groups. But many other opportunities are available, including “done in a day” events, office projects and data entry.

Anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity is encouraged to attend.

Attendees who are ready to commit will complete a volunteer application and schedule a 15-minute phone interview with Hahn, with placement to follow.

The rewards are many, Paras says.

“I feel like I’ve received way more than I give as a volunteer. You give your time but ... you receive ten times what you give,” said Paras, who will be at the Avon open house event to talk with potential volunteers.

“I’ve always felt very appreciated.”