April marks the National Volunteers' Month, which specifically recognizes the impact volunteers make in their efforts to help others. The Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania chapter's appreciation is not merely limited to this specific month, as we strive to honor these volunteers all year long. Volunteers play a critical and irreplaceable role in our chapter. With volunteers' help in 2012, the association was able to serve more than 40,000 individuals through direct programs and services and presented 636 programs to 14,701 individuals. With their advocacy efforts, they assisted in making the National Alzheimer's Plan and the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer's Plan a reality, as well as help fund more than $12 million in dementia-focused research projects.
The significance of volunteering extends beyond the numbers. The imprint volunteers have left on individuals, families and communities cannot be measured. They have instilled strength, provided comfort and inspired change. With 24 chapter staff to serve 59 of the 67 counties across Pennsylvania and with approximately 400,000 Pennsylvanians living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, the reliance of the Alzheimer's Association on volunteers is essential in carrying out its mission.
My staff and I are so grateful for all of the volunteers' tremendous efforts on behalf of this daunting disease. Without them, our work would be significantly more difficult. Volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association allows individuals to be a part of something much bigger, and the benefits of doing so are significant. As such, we are always looking for people to join our already amazing team in a variety of roles, including Walk to End Alzheimer's committee volunteers, marketing and public relations volunteers and support group facilitators.
To find out more, visit our website at alz.org/pa or call our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Together, we will continue working toward a world without Alzheimer's.
Gail Roddie-Hamlin, MPH, CHES,
President and CEO,
of Greater Pennsylvania Chapter