Why I Volunteer: Meet Christa
1. Of all the places in Oxford County, why did you choose to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I wanted to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society because they are a wonderful organization. I received some much needed guidance and understanding when my father was diagnosed with Picks Disease. The staff at the Alzheimer Society are caring, friendly and make you feel like you are part of the team. There is a feeling there that every single person is making a difference and no matter what the job (big or small), volunteers are thanked tremendously.
2. How long have you been a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I have been a volunteer for around 2 years.
3. What volunteer positions are you currently involved with at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
One of my volunteer positions at the Society right now is doing office work. I input data in the computer and help with receipts. Most recently, I helped with the cleanup crew for the Century 21 Gala (3rd party fundraiser) that was just put on.
4. What is your most memorable moment from volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
One of my most memorable moments volunteering with the Alzheimer Society was actually when we put the newsletters in envelopes to get them ready to mail out. I met a lot of volunteers that day and it was nice to hear why everyone volunteered for the Alzheimer Society. When you walk the journey with a family member who has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, you can feel alone. When you meet others who know what you are going through and you can talk about it, there is an understanding and a sense of relief that you are not alone.
5. What impact has volunteering at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford had on you?
Volunteering with the Alzheimer Society has helped me grieve for my father who passed away. I feel like I am making a difference (no matter how small) and volunteering has helped me remember my dad in a positive way. To be able to walk into a building and every single staff and volunteer is friendly is amazing. I feel my work is appreciated and the staff at the Alzheimer Society is definitely appreciated!!
6. Is there anything you would like to say to encourage others to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
If someone has a couple of hours a week or even a month, the Alzheimer Society will welcome you with open arms and sit down with you and discuss what is a good fit for you. There are many opportunities for volunteering. Office work, baking, volunteer companion, information booths, newsletter prep, walk for memories etc. I work full time, shift work so I can’t always make it in but when I do there is always something for me to do. If you want to feel appreciated and want to feel like you are making a difference by being a volunteer than the Alzheimer Society is a great place to volunteer!
Last Updated: 05/11/15