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Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Frances

8 Aug

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Mary Frances is a long time volunteer and advocate at the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She started with the chapter back in 1997, after her mother, Frances Wade Newsome, passed away as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. Before her mother died, Mary Frances had promised her mother she would help other people with dementia. Mary Frances connected with the chapter and started a support group at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Franklin, VA. Mary Frances and The Rev. David Johnson, from Sedley Baptist Church, were trained by Chapter staff to each be a facilitator of a support group, for their area. Together they helped many families and caregivers find the support they needed. In 1998, she was appointed to our chapter’s Board of Directors. Then, in 1999, she became employed as the chapter’s full-time Educational Outreach Coordinator, working out of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Sadly, in December of 2000, Mary Frances was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s.  As a result, she had to step down from her full-time position in 2001. The diagnosis further fueled her passion to make a difference as a dedicated volunteer and advocate.  Mary Frances and her supportive husband, Jimmy, secured a building for the chapter in 2005.  She and Jimmy enlisted the help of community volunteers to clean up and rebuild the vacant structure to fit the needs of the Association.  Due to damage from severe flooding, the office was closed in 2010.  

Mary Frances continues to be an extremely committed volunteer. In fact, she and Jimmy have been publicly recognized by the chapter as Outstanding Volunteers. Currently, she co-facilitates a support group in Franklin which meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month, as well as assists with managing support group facilitators in the area. She and Jimmy are still good friends with Executive Director of the SEVA Chapter, Gino Colombara and his wife Grace.

When Mary Frances is not volunteering with the chapter, she and Jimmy also volunteer at the Episcopal Church in Franklin where they assist at the camp grounds over the summer and manage activities at the church. Mary Frances is also a self-proclaimed animal fanatic and cherishes her beloved dog Candy Campbell, a Dachshund-Pug mix.

We are so thankful to have Mary Frances as both a dedicated volunteer and advocate! If you are interested in volunteering with our chapter, you can learn more information on our website at http://www.alz.org/seva/in_my_community_104988.asp

Volunteer Spotlight: Sharon Babbs

11 Jul

VolunteerSpotlight - Sharon Babbs

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Sharon has been a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for about 16 years. She lost her mother to Alzheimer’s 15 years ago, so she knows firsthand what it means to be a family caregiver. She knew she wanted to become involved with the Association in some capacity, so 18 years ago Sharon participated in what was then called the Memory Walk. Today, of course, we know it as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Since that first Walk, Sharon has been a volunteer, helping in any way she can. She has taken on the role of advocate as well as Walk Chair and Logistics Chair for the Coastal Virginia Walk in Virginia Beach. Most recently, Sharon has been serving as that Walk’s Volunteer Coordinator. To quote her, Sharon tells us that “the Chapter office and everyone in it are my second family.”

When she is not in volunteer mode, Sharon is mother to her sons Chad, Brandon and Benjamin. She is wife to her husband Robbie. As if her proverbial plate isn’t already overflowing, Sharon is the gifted resource teacher to 544 students at Luxford Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sally McClatchy

20 Jun

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Sally McClatchy is an extraordinary volunteer for the Southeastern Virginia Chapter. Sally serves as a co-facilitator our Norfolk Peers & Partners early stage support groups, an office volunteer, a community educator. Sally regularly shares with staff and fellow volunteers that her work with the Alzheimer’s Association is her passion and she loves to be a volunteer.

Sally is a nurse by training, having received her BSN in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and her MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University. She also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her career, Sally served as an emergency room nurse and taught at the School of Nursing at DePaul Hospital. During the latter part of her career, Sally focused her work on health care quality assurance.

The Chapter is certainly very grateful to have such a talented, caring volunteer like Sally on our team!

Volunteer Spotlight: Micah Hunt

24 May

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MicahMicah first got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2013 when he worked for Eagle Medical Transports, a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.  As Micah learned more about the Association and its mission, his involvement and commitment increased.  Since 2013, Micah has been very engaged in the Walk as team captain and achieved Champion fundraiser status in 2014 (raising over $500) and 2016 (raising over $4,000).  In 2015, Micah was appointed to the Chapter’s Board of Directors, and in 2016 he volunteered to be an Advocacy Ambassador for the Association.  Over the past five years, Micah has done tremendous work raising awareness and funds for the Association.  Micah spends a lot of time out in the community and can frequently be seen dressed in purple, wearing his Alzheimer’s Association lapel pin.  Micah is also a social media guru and his frequent posts to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have boosted the visibility of the Alzheimer’s Association considerably.  Thank you, Micah for making a difference every day and for your commitment to realizing a world without Alzheimer’s.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Farthing & Cathy Hildebrand

15 Mar

Every year since 2014 Jane Farthing and Cathy Hildebrand, of Williamsburg, work tirelessly to organize ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) tournaments to raise funds and awareness for The Longest Day campaign. Through their combined efforts, they have raised over $19,000.00!

Jane is a member of the Williamsburg, Unit 110 League while Cathy is with the Hampton Roads Bridge league. Each June, they hold their individual league events on the same day and end the day by combining both leagues for one huge tournament.

Both Jane and Cathy represent the dedication and passion that is helping to move The Longest Day campaign forward and that will lead us to, one day, live in a world without Alzheimer’s.


ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY
The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

Register now and start your team

Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Tribble

27 Feb

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Joyce Tribble walked into the Norfolk office one day in 2011 and asked if we ever needed volunteers in the office. Joyce’s husband, Sonny, had Alzheimer’s and had died a little more than a year before she came in. Joyce soon became a dependable weekly volunteer at the front desk, answering the phone, filing, putting together mailings, and performing other clerical duties with good humor and care. When she started volunteering with the Association, Joyce didn’t own any purple clothing or jewelry. Soon, however, she began adding pieces to her wardrobe, and whenever she volunteered she would wear one of her purple tops or some of her purple rings and bracelets. Joyce had worked as a bookkeeper for years, and she loved counting money, so she volunteered every year to help count money in the office after the largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s events. A member of the Sherry’s Strutters team for the Virginia Beach Walk for three years, Joyce actively participated in fundraising activities, including selling car raffle tickets, and she proudly wore the Walk t-shirts that she earned.

When Joyce was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, she took a short break from volunteering, but she returned in 2016 and adjusted her volunteer schedule to accommodate her treatments. Sadly, Joyce became too ill to volunteer in November, and she died on December 21, 2016 at age 79. Joyce is greatly missed by all of us at the Southeastern Virginia chapter, and we will long remember the joy and love she brought to our office.

 

Volunteer Spotlight – Allen Perry

21 Nov

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Allen has dedicated the past 10 years to building the Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver Program. This is the largest program of its kind in the nation, having grown from serving 30 clients to over 340 clients today.

In the early stages of the program, Allen worked with our Chapter’s Programs Department training police officers and volunteer coordinators working in the field to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. As the program grew, he and other officers began utilizing the memory fax referral program to educate families about our Chapter’s resources. That continues to this day.

When Project Lifesaver representatives are working at community events, they display our Chapter’s brochures and resource information. And, Allen has attended numerous Walks to End Alzheimer’s, Parrot Head Beach Ball Charity events, as well as our Reason to Hope breakfasts.

Most recently, Allen has been transferred from the Project Lifesaver Program to working within the Virginia Beach Crime Prevention Unit on other safety issues. While he is no longer the primary point of contact for the program, Allen continues to train recruits at the police academy about Alzheimer’s and dementia. His is a true advocate for our cause.

Thank you, Allen for your many years of service and dedication to those individuals and families in our community who are living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s every day.