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 AlzOC 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 us at volunteer@alzoc.org for additional information on volunteering or to learn more about the positions listed below.

Alzheimer’s Orange County, Irvine

Volunteer Opportunity

Our Volunteer Support Group Facilitators are an important part of Alzheimer’s Orange County’s (AlzOC’s) team that provides direct services and support for families impacted by dementia.

We are looking for compassionate volunteers to provide family caregivers with support and education about dementia and the challenges of caregiving, and connection to AlzOC for additional support.  These groups allow participants to share feelings in a confidential, supportive environment.

Selected applicants will receive additional training provided by AlzOC and are asked for a one year commitment consistently facilitating or co-facilitating one group meeting a month out in the community. Interested candidates must complete a background check, HIPAA training and be free from potential conflict of interest.

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 individuals who are self-starters 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 to two hours several times a month, generally on Thursdays.

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.

Help promote awareness and reduce stigma about Alzheimer’s disease by giving presentations to community groups, congregations, and businesses in the local area. Audiences range from 20-50 people and topics include an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving challenges, our programs and services, and other issues related to dementia. Presentations are given on various days and times throughout the year.

Requirements for this position include an interview, online HIPAA training, a background check, and specialized Education Ambassador training. Volunteers need access to reliable transportation and should be willing and able to travel in local areas.

Throughout the year we call on our general volunteers to assist with presentations and fundraising events such as our annual Gala, Visionary Women Caregivers Luncheon, and Walk4ALZ & Run4ALZ events. 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 helping with opportunity drawings and auctions. These events are throughout Orange County.

All General Volunteers are required to attend New Volunteer Orientation.

We are in need of a volunteer with database and Excel experience to help in our Programs and Services Department. Ideally, this volunteer would have familiarity with databases and Excel pivot tables, but a quick study volunteer that is comfortable learning new programs will also be a good fit. The days and times are flexible, but must be during our normal working hours – Mon – Fri, 8:30 am – 5 pm.

Volunteer requirements include online HIPAA  training, a background check and Volunteer Orientation.

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 of each month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with lunch following. Volunteers must be present from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM in order to assist with set-up, prep activities and cleanup for breakfast and lunch. Volunteers will also assist with 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.

The Reception Desk Volunteer will greet guests and clients and direct them to the meeting rooms, offices or contact staff. This volunteer must be comfortable answering and redirecting phone calls to staff. This position also entails small administrative tasks. Google calendar experience or willingness to learn it is necessary.

This volunteer position requires someone that is punctual, friendly and has a pleasant personality. The shift is from 11 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 days a week (Mon – Fri).

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.

South County Adult Day Services is seeking volunteers to assist our participants with a wide variety of Therapeutic Activities including arts and crafts, singing, exercise, playing board games or providing friendship through one-to-one interaction. Specialized craft projects or hobbies are especially needed. Volunteers help to supplement the staff in meeting the needs of our participants and allow the participants to have a healthy and well-rounded experience while at the center.

Hours preferred: 2, 3 or 4 hour shifts between 10:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Languages needed: English, Spanish, Korean, and Farsi

To apply, please complete the online application. Documentation of a recent background check and
HIPAA agreement are required. Information will be provided in the interview process.

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Internships Offered

Alzheimer’s Orange County is dedicated to providing its interns with a meaningful learning experience in an environment of compassion and dedication to serving others. Come be a part of our team! Learn more about our internship opportunities below.