We have several current volunteer opportunities. All volunteers are asked to make a 6 month commitment. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Social Club – Day Respite Volunteers: We need volunteers to assist guests with mild to moderate dementia in a group day care setting one day a week (Monday-Friday) between 9:00 – 3:00 for a minimum of 2 hours a week. Volunteers are supervised by the Social Club-Day Respite Coordinator. Activities include: singing, arts and crafts, puzzles, seated exercises, bingo, and much more. We have opportunities for this position in Leon, Gulf, Wakulla, and Gadsden counties.
Office Volunteers: Office volunteers will greet individuals with dementia, family caregivers, and the community on the telephone and in person. Office volunteers are trained to provide information and referral to families. Office volunteers will assist in mailings, making phone calls, and general office tasks as assigned by staff. Office volunteers are trained to change Project Lifesaver Batteries for clients that come to our office to have their batteries changed. (See below.) The time commitment is 2 hours minimum one day a week. This position is only open for Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 or 12:00-5:00. You may choose a 2 hour (or longer) time slot to work.
Project Lifesaver Volunteers (PLS): Project Life Saver is a GPS tracking device that individuals with dementia wear on their wrist or ankle so that they may be found if they wander from home. Clients need their PLS batteries changed once every other month. We need volunteers to go to client’s homes to change their batteries. The hours are flexible may be done in the evenings and on weekends. Each battery change, including drive time, takes approximately one hour. Volunteers are encouraged to serve more than one client.
Street Team Volunteers: We need volunteers to help us publicize our program and events. Volunteers work with the volunteer manager to distribute fliers to businesses, doctor’s offices, religious institutions, schools, and community centers. Street Team members are liaisons to the community.
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to contact Mindy Towler at email@example.com to find out the date of the next volunteer training
All paperwork will be distributed at the volunteer training.
AmeriCorps In-home Respite Volunteer: We also need volunteers to provide in-home care and activities to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Volunteers receive extensive training in dementia care, a monthly stipend, a scholarship to use for yourself (or if 55 years of age or older, pass down to your children or grandchildren), and student loan forbearance with paid interest. If you are interested in this position, please contact Caitlin Dilley directly at Caitlin@alzheimersproject.org