If you are reading this page, you are affected by ADHD. Someone you love, someone you care about, someone you care for, someone you teach, someone you live or work with, or someone you see in the mirror every day struggles with this challenge.
Since 1983, our local support group has worked on your behalf. Our volunteers have produced newsletters, staffed informational booths, responded to your phone calls and emails, presented your concerns to lawmakers, and provided training to educators. We have produced and distributed an informational video tape on ADHD to area schools, and have written and distributed two editions of a handbook on ADHD to parents and schools. We have grown together, and have learned from one another. We have tried to help.
Now we need your help.
In the last years our membership has grown, but our group of active volunteers has not. If Louisiana Capital Area CHADD is to remain a viable Chapter, we must have your support.
Assistance is needed in many areas. Information on some of these areas is provided below. Where possible, we have also provided an estimate of the amount of time and specific skills or equipment required. Please take a minute to read the list below and let us know how you can help. There is so much we can do to help those in our community dealing ADHD if we work together. Remember,
Many Hands Make Light Work!
In 2001 and 2003 we participated with seven other organizations in highly successful two day conferences on ADHD and reading disabilities. (A third conference in 2005 was cancelled by Hurricances Katrina and Rita.) Many of you were able to participate in these conference and will be delighted to know that we have been presented with numerous opportunities for other such projects. We need your help.
The following is a list of just a few of the areas where help is needed. In most areas, teams of several volunteers can turn the work into fun. In fact, several of the functions work best together so you might want to volunteer in more than one area.
Volunteer Coordinator – Maintain a list of those willing to help and match these wonderful people up with the right opportunities!
Bulk Mail – Label and batch mailouts for delivery to the bulk mail center. Can easily be a team effort!
Inservice Trainer – Present or co-present the CHADD inservice program to area educators, parents, preschools, etc. Training for trainers will be provided.
Inservice Training Coordinator – All requests for presentations will be routed to this volunteer who will schedule presentations using our list of trained presenters.
Book/product reviewer – Review books and tapes from our Lending Library and write brief reviews of these products for our newsletter and website.
Distribute brochures – Many volunteers needed to deliver CHADD and Chapter brochures and materials to area doctors’ offices, schools, etc.
Programming Coordinator – Contact and schedule speakers for monthly meetings. Serve as liaison to these speakers as necessary.
Refreshments – Bring and/or serve refreshments at Chapter meetings. Costs of refreshments is reimburseable.
Greeter – Welcome participants to Chapter meetings, answer questions for newcomers, oversee sign-in sheet and name tags.
Database manager – Maintain Chapter mailing list using software designed for this purpose. Print labels for monthly mailouts.
Mail handbooks – Mail Chapter Handbooks in response to requests from schools, parents, and others. Single Handbooks can be mailed in large padded envelopes.
Informational Booths – Assist with setting up, staffing, and/or removing informational booths at area conferences and events. A number of potential volunteers are needed three or four times per year.
VAN Representatives – Serve as a contact for CHADD National’s Volunteer Advocacy Network, receiving updates and sharing information with local members, writing letters to elected and appointed representatives on matters of concern to members.
Membership Chair – Draft letters welcoming new and returning members, design conduct membership drives yearly, assist with membership issues.
Public Relations/Publicity -- Draft and distribute public service announcements and press releases regarding area events. Training is available.
PAB Members – Local professionals needed to serve on LACACHADD Professional Advisory Board.
ADDult volunteers – Several volunteers are needed to assist ADDult Support Group by preparing meeting reminders, maintaining mailing list (in conjunction with Database Manager), mailing meeting reminders, scheduling speakers, etc. Duties are similar to those listed for similar functions above.
Extra Benefit for Volunteers
In the past, our Chapter has been able to provide financial assistance to volunteers who have attended the National CHADD Conferences around the country. The 21st Annual CHADD International Conference On Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder will be held October 7 - 10, 2009, in Cleveland, Ohio. Volunteer members will be eligible for financial assistance to attend.
Pitch in and help now! Don’t see anything you are interested in doing but would like to help anyway? Let us know about your special skills or areas of interest. We’ll find some way you can help!
Continue to watch this page for more volunteer opportunities. Help La Capital Area CHADD. Help yourself, your family, and your community!