Why I volunteer: Meet Elaine
I can’t think of a more worthwhile organization in need of support to become better known and maintain and/or develop programs for dementia related needs than the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.
I became involved with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford approximately 20 years ago after my husband, Peter, had suffered a stroke and I found myself in need of support in coping with some stroke lasting effects. I began participating in monthly support meetings where I became aware of the many facets of dementia including how it develops & progresses, effects on lifestyle changes that everyone is face with and forced to deal with over the journey of the disease to mention a few. It was through these informative meetings that I learned about the biggest and annual fundraiser “Walk For Memories”. I obtained a form, got a few sponsors and arrived at the event. It turned out to be a fun time, casual where you meet old and new acquaintances and at the same time I benefited from some indoor exercise. I guess it was then that I became hooked.
I continue to participate in the annual Walks knowing that public awareness of this disease needed assistance and with me talking about this event I felt as if I was doing my part. So, without much thought or awareness on my part, the Alzheimer Society of Oxford became my special place to give a little back to each year for the support I had received for many years.
About 3 years ago, I was given an opportunity to participate in the receipting project for the money raised at the Walk. I accepted and enjoyed the challenge of learning to operate a new computer system. In addition, effective April 1, 2015 I have accepted the invitation to volunteer in the office up to 1 day per week.
With this involvement in the Alzheimer Society of Oxford activities, I have learned about a much unknown disease from very knowledgeable staff members.
The moment of significance, for me, comes when the final announcement made at each Walk For Memories event is the release of the total raised that day, unofficially, but it lets me know that I had a small part in the event’s success of reaching/exceeding their goal. All of this will help maintain/develop programs for Oxford families in need of support.
You also become aware that no matter what your situation may be, there is always someone else in greater need of help. So if you ever want to give towards an organization who is in need of your support, I would recommend Alzheimer Oxford in a heartbeat. You will reap the benefits of feel good feelings and satisfaction knowing you have helped someone locally help someone else.
In closing, some of the smallest gestures become the greatest gifts anyone could give another human. You will be a better person for the experience. For me, it is easy to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.
Last Updated: 11/08/2017