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As fiscal year 2008 drew to a close on June 30th, the Volunteer Leadership & Development program took stock of its many achievements throughout the year. Our annual roster of volunteers who comprise Speakers Bureau, Junior Committee and Women In Action, and who lend a hand at the Chapter, Health Fairs and events like Memory Walk, Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at Shea, our Early-Stage Forum and more, totaled 584, representing 16,356 hours worked — an *estimated value of service exceeding $404,000.

Notably, Speakers Bureau members provided 77 presentations at culturally diverse community organizations, reaching nearly 2,200 people in the five boroughs — a 118% increase in Alzheimer’s awareness, education and outreach in NYC. Our Corporate Speakers Bureau held seven “Lunch & Learn” presentations at corporations such as Cisco Systems, Duane Morris LLP, Ernst & Young, HSBC, and Mutual of America, reaching 112 employees. A High School Speakers Bureau focus group comprised of principals, guidance counselors, teachers, Chapter staff and volunteers was implemented to plan age-appropriate presentations about Alzheimer’s and its impact on teens, and to develop school advocacy events. A launch presentation was held on April 16th for 40 students at Richard R. Green High School of Teaching in Manhattan

In addition, our volunteer presence at health fairs is on the rise, up 25% over the last year. And, thanks to two Junior Committee grants awarded to the Volunteer Leadership and Development program, the Chapter hired a part-time Speakers Bureau Coordinator and a Special Projects Coordinator to manage health fair and Junior Committee activities, allowing these vital, volunteer-driven areas to grow further.

Volunteers are an essential part of the Chapter family. Their generous gifts of time, effort, and skill allow us to exponentially expand the breadth of our work and provide relief, support, and education to those in need.

*NYC value of volunteer hours based on 2008 volunteer administration industry standard of volunteer time and value of service via = $26.18 per hour (’07 = $23.60 per hour.)

Since the publications of our Fall 2008 Newsletter, Sherri Partridge no longer works for the New York City Chapter. If you are interested in volunteering for Memory Walk 2008, please contact Lynette Jackson, volunteer coordinator, at or call 646.744.2939.

— Sherri Partridge, Vice President
Director of Volunteer Leadership & Development

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