ALZHEIMERS ART QUILT INITIATIVE
February 2, 2011
My Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2005. This is the kind of disease that makes you feel powerless to help. My mom was doing all the day to day care-giving, and although we tried to help, many of us were too far away to do much. Seeing him slip away farther and farther with each visit was heartbreaking. When I saw that Ami had started AAQI and was asking for quilts for the Piece by Piece exhibit, an idea immediately popped into my head, and with the help of family and friends, I was able to create that quilt. I was delighted when it was chosen for the exhibit, and have been a faithful volunteer ever since. I love the fact that this is a grassroots, all volunteer organization and there was no overhead or salaries taking a percentage of the money I raised. At a point where Dad's disease allowed me little I could do to help, I found solace in helping the AAQI raise money for research to cure a disease that leaves people helpless. I am a firm believer in the mission of the AAQI and will continue to help in any way I can.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
So many ways . . . it has helped me deal with the hopelessness of Alzheimer's - the people are all warm and wonderful and I wouldn't have missed this experience for anything.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
grant them unlimited funds!
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I have made friends for life, and truly feel that I have helped to make a difference.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
not as hopeless and helpless as before.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I make quilts, and help behind the scenes with whatever needs to get done. I've also gone to IQA in Houston to sell quilts there, and will go again.