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Volunteers support the Chapter’s mission by assisting with events, projects, and activities, helping to raise awareness and funding for the ALS community in Florida.  We recognize the vital role volunteers play in helping us with our mission and we're committed to ensuring involvement is positive, effective, and meaningful.  We offer many different types of opportunities to get involved around the state and welcome all those who would like to participate!

WALK VOLUNTEERS/EVENT VOLUNTEERS

Walk and Event volunteers assist for several hours at single-day event(s) of their choosing.  Tasks include setting up and tearing down event sites, facilitating event registration, manning tables, and other duties as determined by the venue.  Detailed job descriptions are provided at the time of registration. Walk and Event volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and minors are required to complete a waiver.

Check our calendar HERE for upcoming opportunities near you.


VISITING VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM

Living with ALS can make daily tasks and household projects not only challenging, but many times impossible.  This comprehensive program matches trained volunteers with people living with ALS and their families in local communities to help fulfill the every day duties that families are struggling with.  It’s as easy as helping to fold laundry, running a few errands, or mowing a lawn.  Volunteers are recruited for one or two times a month, or sometimes even once a week depending on the needs of the family and availability for someone to help.  Volunteers for the Visiting Volunteers Program must be 18 years of age and complete a screening process.


What can a volunteer help with?

Volunteers can assist with tasks that help our families with everyday living such as cleaning, household chores, meal preparation, home maintenance, writing letters, grocery shopping, yard work and gardening, emails, laundry, errands, companionship, and pet care.


Is there anything a volunteer cannot do?

Volunteers cannot assist with personal or medical care (such as toileting or tube-feeding), personal finances (such as banking), or transportation (including being a passenger).  If the person living with ALS cannot be left alone, a caregiver must be present at all times while the volunteer is present.

 
How are volunteers screened, trained, and supervised?

The screening process includes an application, a telephone interview, reference checks, a background check, an assessment, a signed Confidentiality Agreement, and a signed Agreement to Volunteer.  Volunteers are trained about ALS and the challenges of living with the disease, the Florida Chapter, and the Program requirements and parameters. After a match is made, the family schedules visits with the volunteer.  The Chapter's Volunteer Manager supervises each volunteer.


How can I request assistance?

Simply complete the Volunteer Assistance Request Form linked HERE. The Chapter Volunteer Manager and/or your Regional Program Manager will contact you.  You will also need to complete an Agreement to Receive a Volunteer. 


How are matches made?

We search our pool of volunteers to find an appropriate match based on requested tasks and location.  If we do not have someone who can fill the need, we advertise the request on volunteer recruitment websites and in our newsletter.  Once a match is found, we contact the family and share information about the volunteer at which time the family may choose to accept or decline the offer of help.  Identifying information is revealed ONLY when the family and volunteer have all agreed to the match.


COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

Community Ambassadors are volunteers who attend community events and/or meetings helping to spread awareness of ALS, the Florida Chapter, and the programs and services we provide to the ALS community.  Ambassadors expand our advocacy and public relations efforts by speaking or manning booths and sharing volunteering and fundraising opportunities.


Where are Ambassadors needed?

Community ambassadors are needed at various statewide community events including resource fairs, sporting events, corporate fundraising events, health fairs, civic organization meetings, check presentations, and other venues.


How are Ambassadors screened, trained, and supervised?

The screening process includes an application and a signed Confidentiality Agreement.  Ambassadors are trained about ALS, the Florida Chapter, and participation, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities.  Ambassadors are provided with all marketing and awareness materials needed, as well as items for professional use at events.  Assignments are at the discretion of each Ambassador and the Chapter's Volunteer Manager supervises and maintains the schedule. 

 

HOW CAN I GET STARTED VOLUNTEERING?

Simply complete a volunteer application HERE

Verification of community service hours will be provided upon request.

 

Questions?  Please contact Becky Ford, Volunteer and Event Manager,

via email bford@alsafl.org

or call (888) 257-1717 ext 133.