Volunteer 2017-08-30T23:49:34+00:00

Volunteer or Intern

Thank you for considering volunteering your time to help Alzheimer’s Orange County.  We have over 100 volunteers who participate in the work of our organization in a variety of ways. Our volunteers serve as our representatives in the community and as valuable members of our AOC team assisting us with our many programs, services and events. Please look over the opportunities below. If there are any volunteer positions that fit your interests and schedule, please complete our Volunteer Registration form by clicking on Sign Up to Volunteer link below.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen at volunteer@alzoc.org or call 949.757.3702 for additional information on volunteering or to learn more about the positions listed below.

Alzheimer’s Orange County, Irvine

Throughout the year we call on our general volunteers to assist with various fundraising events that we organize such as our yearly Gala, Visionary Women’s Luncheon and our Walks. General volunteers also assist with fundraising events that our supporters organize.  Some typical duties include check-in and registration, assisting with food and beverage distribution and assisting with opportunity drawings and auctions. These events are throughout Orange County.

All General Volunteers are required to attend New Volunteer Orientation.

Volunteer Support Group Facilitators are a vital part of Alzheimer’s Orange County’s (AOC’s) direct services and support for families impacted by dementia. Support Group Facilitators have a regularly scheduled monthly commitment to conduct groups in the community at locations such as senior/community centers, churches, libraries, etc.

We are looking for passionate volunteers to provide family caregivers with support and education about dementia, compassion for the challenges of caregiving, and connection to AOC for additional support. AOC support groups provide the opportunity to gain new coping skills, validation of fears and frustrations, learn problem solving tools, and share feelings in a confidential, supportive environment.

Pending interview, additional training (provided by AOC), background check, and freedom from potential conflicts of interest, interested candidates are asked for a minimum one year commitment consistently facilitating or co-facilitating 1-2 group meetings per month.

We are currently looking for Facilitators in the following communities:
  • Buena Park, Buena Park Senior Activity Center – 3rd Friday of every month, 10:30 am
  • Lake Forest, Saddleback Church, faith-based – 1st Monday of every month, 7 pm
  • Laguna Niguel, St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, faith-based – 2nd Saturday of every month, 10:30 am
  • Laguna Woods, Geneva Presbyterian Church – 1st Tuesday of every month, 3:30 pm
  • South Orange County, Spanish speaking – day, time and place to be determined based on Volunteer’s availability
  • Yorba Linda – day, time and place to be determined based on Volunteer’s availability

Community Outreach Volunteers are key to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease at community events. Community Outreach Volunteers represent Alzheimer’s Orange County at Health and Wellness fairs and community events, provide materials and basic information about our no-cost programs and services, and provide public awareness, education, and support to Orange County’s communities.

Health Fairs are sponsored by cities, companies, and other organizations so that individuals may attend and have access to valuable information and services. They include, but are not limited to, community health expos, 5k walk events, community fairs, educational events, etc.

Volunteers attend a training session and shadow current volunteers at several events before attending events on their own. We are seeking volunteers with excellent interpersonal skills and reliable transportation. Volunteers must be 18+ years of age and are required to complete HIPAA training and a background check.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two events per month for a period of 12 months. Events are generally scheduled mid-week between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM and on weekends. Events average about 4 hours in length and are scheduled throughout Orange County only. Volunteers pick the events that work with their schedule.

We are looking for an individual who is a self-starter and would like to use their passion and energy to help others. If you are friendly, have good communication skills, are punctual, dependable and able to maintain professional boundaries then you will enjoy this volunteer opportunity with the Connect 2 Culture program.  

The Connect 2 Culture (C2C) program is a specialized social engagement program that offers a fun and comfortable way for people with memory loss and their care partners to build a social network and connect with like individuals in their own community through meaningful social activities. The program is designed for participants to attend events with a care partner/friend/family member, who will be responsible for the safety and well-being of the person with memory loss, as well as transportation to and from the events.  For families dealing with Alzheimer’s, the program is a breath of fresh air, simply enabling them to get together with friends, have a good time, and forget about the disease for a while!

Volunteers will arrive early at assigned events and meet/coordinate with the Programs & Education Specialist.  Volunteers will be apprised of all event details in advance and will aid Programs & Education Specialist in supporting attendees during events, helping everyone to have fun and feel comfortable.  Volunteers will foster connections between clients and join in with the group activity. The Program is one hour several times a month.

Volunteer must maintain confidentiality of group members. All volunteers are required to attend New  Volunteer Orientation and training as well as complete a confidentiality form, HIPAA training  and a background check.

Become an Education Ambassador and represent Alzheimer’s Orange County at our “Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” class, the first class in our three-part Family Orientation workshop series. This position is particularly important in creating a welcoming environment for families, especially as this may be the first introduction to our organization for many family members.

The Education Ambassador will be responsible for meeting, greeting, and registering attendees; preparing beverages, assisting with technology and answering questions on organization literature. This position requires a background check, online HIPAA training, New Volunteer Orientation and preferably a 12 month commitment.

The “Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” workshop is held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Orange County offices in Irvine. The Education Ambassador hours will be from 5:00PM-8:30PM.

Community Education Speakers  deliver general presentations to community groups, ranging from 20-50 people. Topics include introduction to the organization, programs and services, the disease and caregiving. Training is provided.

As a volunteer you will need reliable transportation and an ability to lift up to 20 lbs.

Potential speakers must complete a background check, online HIPAA training and New Volunteer Orientation. A commitment of 12 months is preferred. Volunteers must be 18+.

We are looking for high school, college and adult volunteers to help us promote our Walk4ALZ events.

Walk4ALZ is our major fundraiser each year. Join us this summer and visit businesses and community locations to provide them with flyers and posters advertising our Walk4ALZ events. Walk4ALZ will be held:

  • Laguna Niguel           Saturday, 10/14
  • Huntington Beach     Saturday 10/28
  • Angel Stadium            Saturday, 11/11

Volunteers will pick up materials from our office in Irvine and canvas an area of their choice. Volunteers should be personable, reliable, comfortable speaking with strangers and have the ability to drive or walk to areas with public businesses. Sorry, we cannot reimburse for mileage.

Memories in the Making is the signature art program of Alzheimer’s Orange County, allowing persons with memory loss a non-verbal form of expression. In order to educate the community and validate the Memories in the Making artists, each year select paintings are professionally framed. The paintings are exhibited throughout the community, utilized for fundraising and at special events.

We are searching for passionate volunteers who are able to staff special events, many of which take place in the evenings and on weekends.

Other volunteer opportunities for Memories in the Making include joining the committee, which meets one evening each month for 1.5 hours, administrative assistance and facilitating Memories in the Making classes.

All volunteers are required to attend a 4 hour Memories in the Making training ($95 training fee – scholarships may be available) and New Volunteer Orientation, as well as complete HIPAA training and a background check.

The mission of the Our Gang Clubhouse is to provide a fun and comfortable “clubhouse” environment for persons with dementia.  Participants enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to join in activities with their friends.  A mind, body & soul focus in used in planning each session.

The Our Gang Clubhouse meets at Alzheimer’s Orange County on the 2nd and 4th Fridays and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with lunch following.  Volunteers must be present from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM in order to assist with set-up, prep activities and cleanup for breakfast and lunch. Volunteers will also assist determining activity ideas.

Volunteers in the Clubhouse should be comfortable in a social setting and have a warm and understanding demeanor.  Experience working with individuals with memory loss is preferred, but not required.

All volunteers are required to attend Orientation and complete an online HIPAA training and a background check.

We are looking for passionate volunteers to provide family caregivers with support and education about dementia and the challenges of caregiving.  The groups provide new coping skills, validation of fears and frustrations, and problem-solving tools. These groups allow participants to share feelings in a confidential, supportive environment. Social work background a plus, but not required.

This Support Group meets at our offices in Irvine, 2515 McCabe Way, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month from 10 am – noon.

Required: interview, orientation and training (provided by AOC), background check, online HIPAA training and freedom from potential conflicts of interest. Interested candidates are asked for a one-year commitment consistently facilitating at least one group meeting per month.

Join us as we support the hundreds of people that participate in our Walk4ALZ events.
  • Laguna Niguel       Saturday, 10/14
  • Huntington Beach  Saturday 10/28
  • Angel Stadium        Saturday, 11/11
Volunteer to help with registration, at our booths or by cheering on the walkers.
Click here to register as a Walk4ALZ Volunteer.

South County Adult Day Services, Laguna Woods

Alzheimer’s Orange County now operates the South County Adult Day Services (SCADS) in Laguna Woods. SCADS is a licensed Adult Day Center providing both social and healthcare programs to South Orange County’s elder adults and adults with disabilities. We are looking for volunteers that are compassionate, patient, kind and enjoy helping others to assist us with programs and activities at SCADS.

We are looking for a trained therapy dog and owner to visit our site in the afternoons. The pet must be a registered therapy dog.

Hours: flexible, between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

A HIPAA agreement is required. Depending on the frequency of the visits documentation of a recent physical exam, TB test and background check may also be required.

Monthly training commitment required.

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