Volunteers On The MOVE – A Special Thanks!

Thanks to volunteers for a tremendously successful WALK To End AlzheimerΓÇÖsΓäó!

By Daniel Heathcock, Volunteer Coordinator 

I don’t know about you, but I typically don’t wake up on Saturdays until about 8 a.m. or maybe 9 (depending on how lazy I’m feeling).  I don’t think I’m too terribly far from the norm. But this just goes to show the extra effort and dedication of our volunteers.

At 5 am on Saturday morning, we already had dozens of volunteers swarming the parking lot at Minute Maid Park.  They were setting up tents, decorating, creating the balloon arch, getting the signs out – there was a LOT to do. Even more amazing, several volunteers were there from 5 in the morning till the end of breakdown at noon.  Some even came back to the office with the staff to continue helping us unload.

By the end of the day, we had 260 + volunteers who had contributed nearly 1,000 hours of their time to make this event a success.

The University of Houston Pre-Pharmacy Association was part of that group of volunteers here at 5 am. They brought a small army to help us set-up!

You might ask – exactly how successful was the event?  Well, the numbers are still being added up, but we have some preliminary figures to announce.  We had an estimated attendance of over 5,000 and raised over $350,000.  We still have till December 7th to reach our goal of $370,000 so the work isn’t over yet.

There were a variety of volunteer jobs on the day of the event – some people passed out water and cheered walkers on, others helped at registration, while others helped pass out information at our programs area.  Check out some of the pics below to see our volunteers in action.  Many thanks to ALL the individuals and families that helped out at the event and to all the groups of volunteers who showed up in force.   WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!  :)

Pre-Health Professions Club from TSU was critical to our advocacy recruitment drive that day.

 

Volunteers help pass out delicious bananas to WALK participants.

 

One Voice Volunteers
Staff member Ann Marie guides volunteers on how to get people to be a part of our ONE VOICE.

 

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.