How You Can Help in Southeast Michigan


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Welcome to Volunteering in Southeast Michigan


We want to help you make a difference! Our goal is to provide meaningful involvement for new volunteers and to deepen and expand the engagement of existing volunteers.
Watch for volunteer opportunities with the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association. 

 

Together is more than a word, it's a rallying cry; a call to action to join with fellow warriors -- family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals -- to do something as a group that can't be done alone.
 
Together. It's how we can give our loved ones more quality moments with one another.
 
Together. It's how we will tackle a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and death. 
 
Together. It's how we will end stroke.

Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S. 
  • Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack.
  • Stroke caused more than 133,000 deaths in 2014.
  • After years of decline, recent data shows that stroke mortality has climbed 3 percent.  
Most strokes are preventable.
  • High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. 
  • One in three American adults has high blood pressure.
  • About three in four people who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg.
Stroke is largely treatable.
  • The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover. 
  • Stroke patients who received the clot-busting drug alteplase (IV r-tPA) within 90 minutes of symptom onset were almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability.
  • 91 percent of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever within 2.5 hours of symptom onset recovered with little or no disability.
Visit strokeassociation.org/strokemonth to learn more and join with others, Together to end stroke. 
 
Events in your Area
 
Comerica Bank
Health Fair
May 17th
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The health fair will take place at the Livonia Operations Center 39200 6 Mile Road
(at Haggerty Road).

If interested, please contact Annie Hill at annie.hill@heart.org.
The U.S. Army Garrison-DTA Family and MWR Services
Health Fair
May 18th
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The health fair will take place at the Detroit Arsenal. At least 2,000 attendees are expected and 7,000 people work on base.

If interested, please contact Whitney Coleman at whitney.coleman@heart.org.
 
Fox Run
Health Fair

June 7th
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
41200 Fox Run Road in Novi, MI.
 
If interested, please contact Whitney Coleman at whitney.coleman@heart.org
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Health Fair
June 7th
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
The benefit fair will take place at 3331 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 200 in Troy, MI. A nutritionist/dietician is requested but open to all volunteers who are interested in staffing the AHA table.
 
If interested, please contact Dawn Barrack at dawn.barrack@heart.org.
 
Councilman Scott Benson
Health Fair
June 10th
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 East Outer Drive in Detroit, MI.

If interested, please contact Whitney Coleman at whitney.coleman@heart.org.
 
St. John Providence Community Health
Health Fair
June 16th
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Conner Creek/Milbank Greenway in Detroit, MI.

If interested, please contact Whitney Coleman at whitney.coleman@heart.org.
 
Federal-Mogul Motorparts
 Health & Safety Event
June 22nd
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
27300 W. 11 Mile Road in Southfield, MI.

If interested, please contact Whitney Coleman at whitney.coleman@heart.org.
 
How To Become A Volunteer

Steps to Volunteering (PDF)


Volunteer Handbook (PDF)

About the Go Red Passion Committee (PDF)



 
Take a look at what’s happening in the month of May (PDF)


Ongoing Opportunities

Go Red Passion Committee

How volunteers make a difference:  Serve as the face of Go Red For Women® in metro Detroit through events and activities that create awareness of women and heart disease throughout the community.

  • Go Red Opportunities:
  • Support heart survivors
  • Push for heart-healthy legislation
  • Coordinate our fall Premiere Party
  • Get companies to Go Red in February
  • Educate Macy’s employees
  • Help coordinate the Red Dress Tour
  • Gather items for our auctions
  • Talk us up in your online networks
  • Passion Committee:      Engagement Description

How volunteers make a difference:  Serve as the face of Go Red For Women® in metro Detroit through events and activities that create awareness of women and heart disease throughout the community.

  • Go Red Opportunities:
  • Support heart survivors
  • Push for heart-healthy legislation
  • Coordinate our fall Premiere Party
  • Get companies to Go Red in February
  • Educate Macy’s employees
  • Help coordinate the Red Dress Tour
  • Gather items for our auctions
  • Talk us up in your online networks
  • Passion Committee:      Engagement Description

How volunteers make a difference:  Help ensure that our lawmakers put heart disease and stroke at the top of their agenda.

  • Face-to-face meeting with lawmakers, attend a state or federal Lobby Day 
  • Serve as a media spokesperson for an issue
  • Submit a Latter -to-the-Editor
  • Recruit fellow You're the Cure advocates
  • Serve as an issue expert
  • Make calls to lawmakers
  • Attend an advocacy training
  • Online advocacy opportunities: Log on to www.yourethecure.org to receive emails about policy decisions that affect healthy living.  Once you join, you can also submit your personal heart story to be featured on the site.

Wellness opportunities for your workplace

The American Heart Association’s Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit was created to help organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health. In addition to specific guidance and nutrition standards for beverages, snacks and meals, topics addressed in the toolkit include healthy eating, creating a culture of health, how leadership and management can be involved, special events, meetings, vending machines, healthier cooking methods, resources and links, and a glossary of terms. Visit www.heart.org/foodwhereur to download your copy.

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions offer a complete suite of evidence-based tools to help you and your employees get the most out of your workplace health program. The AHA’s continuous quality improvement program will help you assess the comprehensiveness of your programs and supporting workplace environment, consult expert resources on strategies for improvement, implement programs that engage employees and track progress toward ideal heart health and recognize your achievement through awards.

Check. Change. Control. is an American Heart Association blood pressure program designed to eliminate high blood pressure as a health disparity among Americans. Its evidence-based success focuses on the practice of self-monitoring and tracking of blood pressure readings at home or outside of the healthcare provider office setting.
For more information about any of our workplace opportunities, contact Stefanie Worth at 248.936.5832 or Stefanie.Worth@heart.org



 

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