What are you doing on Friday, May 13th? What about Saturday, May 14th?
Could you spare a few hours that Friday or Saturday to volunteer for the ninth annual Forget Me Not Days®?
What are Forget Me Not Days?
Forget Me Not Days began in 2003 as the annual fundraiser of Bankers Life and Casualty Company – the national life and health insurer – to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association chapters nationwide. On May 13 and 14, 2011 this ‘tag days’ fundraiser will bring Bankers agents and employees, and Alzheimer’s Association volunteers to streets and storefronts to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Since Forget Me Not Days began more than $2 million has been raised across the country to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Help us raise more!
How does it work?
Volunteers work with their local Alzheimer’s Association office to find out about tagging locations nearest them. Volunteers will be provided green gardening aprons to wear and canisters to use to collect donations on event-day. In exchange for donations, volunteers will hand out specially marked packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds, courtesy of Bankers Life. Seed packets list the Association’s 24/7 toll-free Helpline phone number and its website. 100% of the donations collected go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association to support Alzheimer care, support and research.
With Alzheimer’s disease now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States – and the fifth leading cause of death for those ages 65+ in Illinois – we need your support!
If you’re interested in volunteering for a few hours that Friday or Saturday (May 13th or 14th) in Chicago or one of the 13+ suburbs where we’re securing tagging sites, please let me know. As of right now, in regards to the Chicagoland area, we have tagging sites secured and/or pending in the city of Chicago, Lake Forest, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Evanston, Lisle, Downers Grove, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Park, Palos Hills, and Joliet. We plan to add a few more tagging sites in the next few weeks. Our hope is that one of these sites is close enough to home for all of our volunteers.
The association takes care of planning the locations (outside of a Jewel store, in a busy intersection, etc) where volunteers are; all you need to let them know is what day(s) you’re free and in which city/village (from the list above) you’d like to volunteer. The hours during which this event takes place both Friday and Saturday are between about 8am and 4pm, with volunteer shifts lasting about 2 hours.
For more information and to volunteer, please contact Amanda Bogdanski, Event Specialist, Greater Illinois Chapter Alzheimer’s Association at 847-779-6952!