Making a Difference During COVID-19

Amber Dickson

During these challenging and uncertain times, AFTD is extremely grateful for the steadfast commitment of our volunteers across the country. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we know many of our volunteers are anxious to resume their efforts to help advance our mission and make an impact.

Whether you are considering gearing back up to volunteer again, or you want to get involved by volunteering for the first time, there are ways you can help make a difference in today’s ever-changing environment. Whatever activity you choose, AFTD staff will provide you with support and guidance every step of the way.

The following are some of the ways you can help as a volunteer:

  • Facilitate a phone or virtual support group for caregivers
  • Plan and host a Virtual Meet & Greet with local families affected by FTD
  • Participate in AFTD’s Annual Food for Thought fundraising campaign
  • Join Charity Miles and raise FTD awareness and funds with every step you take
  • Share your story on your Facebook page and through your social media accounts

It is important to acknowledge that even as different parts of the country move towards reopening, the trajectory of the pandemic is uncertain, and a risk still remains. Caregivers and people with FTD may face higher risk for COVID-19 infection, and/or developing complications if infected. The stress of caregiving can weaken immunity, and for persons diagnosed, FTD symptoms may make maintaining recommended hygiene guidance especially difficult.

Following is some guidance on how we will be leading and coordinating volunteer activities in the months ahead:

  1. AFTD will prioritize virtual volunteer activities until safer conditions become more widespread.
    We believe virtual volunteer activities are the safest and best option in the current uncertain environment. They can also have the added benefit of opening up new opportunities for connection, support, and awareness.
  2. Face-to-face volunteer activities and events may be feasible in some situations.
    In a changing environment, there will be circumstances in which AFTD will be promoting small in-person events and volunteer opportunities. In-person events and volunteer opportunities should only move forward if local, state and federal guidelines permit, and if risk can be mitigated for the volunteer, their family and the activity participants.

If you would like to learn more about the volunteer opportunities listed above and how best to conduct them safely, please contact your Volunteer Coordinator or email us at

Pictured above: AFTD volunteer Amber Dickson

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