The Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter is looking for a Volunteer Ambassador for the 18th Congressional District who is passionate about public policy and the need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer's Ambassador Program is designed to enhance the Alzheimer's Association's federal government relations efforts. Alzheimer Ambassadors are grassroots volunteers selected to serve as the main point of in-district contact for a targeted member of Congress.

In this volunteer position, the individual will act as a constituent leader on Alzheimer’s disease and will cultivate a working relationship with Congressman Aaron Schock (R), who has represented the district since January, 2009. He or she will meet with Schock four times a year and participate in monthly teleconferences with Association staff and fellow ambassadors across the country.

The 18th Congressional District covers central and west central Illinois, including parts of McLean, Peoria, Sangamon, Stark and Tazewell counties, and all of Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott and Woodford counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Bloomington, Chatham, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Macomb, Morton, Normal, Peoria, Quincy and Springfield are included.

“The volunteer should have a passion for public policy and be available 3 – 5 hours a month to serve in this role,” said Jeff Johnson, chairman of the Central Illinois Chapter Public Policy Committee. “This experience is deeply rewarding and educational. Contributing skills and energy to this important local task will have national implications as we work together to build a world without Alzheimer’s.”



I. Establish and maintain relationships with assigned member of Congress and district staff.

2. Serve as a district media advocacy spokesperson/facilitate media tactics that influence members of Congress.
3. Recruit other constituents from within the targeted district to engage in grassroots advocacy efforts.
4. Report district activities and outcomes to National Public Policy and Advocacy staff.

Ambassadors must be able to commit to a one year term.

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the Ambassador with training, support, and ongoing updates that will enable the volunteer to make a significant difference in his or her community, in our nation and in our world.


For more information contact Nikki Vulgaris-Rodriquez, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Central Illinois Chapter by calling 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900 or via email at A complete volunteer job description can be found at