April is National Volunteer Month, and The ALS Association is recognizing the important role volunteers play in the lives of people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Since its formation in 1985, The ALS Association has been supported by a nationwide network of volunteers who continue to play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life of patients, advocating lawmakers on important ALS-related issues, and raising money to support The Association in order to find treatments and a cure for the disease through ground-breaking research.
“People with ALS have unique needs. Volunteers are essential in fulfilling a variety of roles to improve the quality of life of people with the disease,” said Jane H. Gilbert, President and CEO. “Volunteers not only mitigate the financial burden on families affected but also are the lifeblood and driving force in advocating lawmakers for improved access to treatments.”
Opportunities to volunteer vary chapter-by-chapter. Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to start by visiting The Association’s website at: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/volunteer/.
Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to the following:
Run booths at community events and share information about The Association’s many services while promoting opportunities to volunteer and fundraise for the fight against ALS.
Provide home front companionship and support to people with ALS and their caregivers.
Walk to Defeat ALS®
Organize a team to participate in your local walk or provide onsite event support with registration, set up and publicity. Learn more here: http://web.alsa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_BP_eventList
Assist with mission critical tasks such as data entry, mail processing and event planning.
Sign up to be an ALS advocate here: http://capwiz.com/alsa/mlm/signup/. The Association depends on advocates to take a collective impact on lawmakers regarding important issues facing people with ALS.
Chapter or National Board Member
Board members volunteer to oversee the mission of The ALS Association at chapters or on the National Board of Trustees.
“We like to say that every dollar and every hour makes all the difference in the world said, Gilbert. “We know some have more to give than others, but to those living with ALS it’s the strength of your dedication that matters most.”
Those interested in volunteering with The ALS Association should contact their local chapter: http://www.alsa.org/community/services.html?service_type=chapters.