FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Living with ALS makes daily tasks more
challenging. The family assistance program matches trained
volunteers with families affected by ALS. Volunteers can help a person
living with ALS or their family with anything they might need assistance with,
outside of direct care and transportation. By volunteering for a family
affected by ALS, you will decrease stress, increase the quality of life for the
person living with ALS, and make life a little easier for the whole
What can volunteers help with?
- Meal Preparation
- Home Maintenance
- Writing Letters
- Household Chores
- Grocery Shopping
- Yard Work
- Sending Emails
- Pet Care
- Snow Removal
- ALS National Registry Enrollment
This list is not all inclusive. If there is
something else you would like help with, please ask and we will see if we can
accommodate your request.
Is there anything a volunteer can’t do?
We will send you a list of the program guidelines before connecting you with a
volunteer. If you are considering the program, please know volunteers cannot
provide personal or medical care. Also, if the person living with ALS
cannot be home alone then a caregiver must be present while a volunteer is in
How can I request assistance?
You can request assistance by filling out the volunteer assistance request
form or by contacting Sarah Brandt at 312-932-0000. You will also need to complete an Agreement to Receive a
Volunteer prior to being matched with a volunteer.
you fulfill a request?
on the amount of help being requested, one or more volunteers are sought.
We check our pool of volunteers to see if someone is an appropriate
match. These volunteers are then contacted and told about the family and
the request. If we cannot find a volunteer, we advertise the request on
volunteer recruitment websites and in our newsletter.
Once a volunteer is found, we contact the family and
share information about the volunteer. At that time, the family can
accept or decline the volunteer’s offer of help. Identifying information
is only revealed when the family and the volunteer have both agreed to the
Most of the volunteers joined the program because of a loved one with ALS,
however some volunteers do not have a connection to ALS. Regardless of
what brought the volunteer to the program, everyone who volunteers is
interested in making a direct difference in people’s lives.
How are volunteers
screened, trained, and supervised?
The screening process includes an application, an interview, reference checks,
and a background check. Before being connected with a family, volunteers
go through a thorough training about ALS, The ALS Association, and the family
assistance program. Volunteers are contacted two weeks after being
connected with a family and then on a monthly basis.
How can I volunteer?
Please contact Sarah Brandt at 312-932-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
information on how to apply to be a family assistance volunteer.
If you have any questions about the family assistance program please contact
Sarah Brandt at 312-932-0000 or email@example.com