Volunteering with Heart

What does 250 have to do with 1,295?

Well, volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter this year facilitated 250 support groups. When you combine that work with the hours spent on representing the Alzheimer’s Association at health fairs and educational presentations, program volunteers for the chapter contributed 1,295 plus hours this year.

On Dec. 4, the Association held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Dayton Metro Library Vandalia Branch to thank those volunteers who have helped us deliver on our mission to provide and enhance care and support for all affected by the disease. About 30 individuals attended.

Eric VanVlymen, Executive Director and Region 10 Director, said the Alzheimer’s Association is built to grow and volunteers help the organization reach a greater percentage of the Miami Valley community. “Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for the heart you do it with.”

settles.jpgPat Settles, co-facilitator of the caregivers support group at Central Presbyterian Church in Miami Twp., said although her husband Jack passed about five years ago, she helps lead a support group now because when her husband was alive, she went to a support group and needed help for a  long period of time.

Now,  “I occasionally go to a grief support group,” she said. “I’m not (at the caregivers support group) to get help but I am there to give help. I feel like I am doing that for my family.”

The Miami Valley Chapter has many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year.  Click HERE to learn more.

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