Participant Analysis of Charity Walk

Service Studying Venture:

2014 Dalton Stroll to Finish Alzheimer’s Expertise

  • Carrie Hatcher

 

I made a decision to work with the Alzheimer’s Affiliation for my service studying undertaking as a result of it is a company that has made an enormous distinction in the area people the place I reside and likewise my household has been touched by Alzheimer’s prior to now. I wished to work with a corporation that strives to make not solely a distinction within the lives of people that undergo from Alzheimer’s but in addition within the lives of the caregivers of the sufferers. I actually just like the moto that's used for the stroll “everybody has a purpose to stroll” and that to me is true. Everybody is aware of of somebody that's affected indirectly by Alzheimer’s illness. Even you probably have not been personally affected by Alzheimer’s somebody who has or somebody who's a caregiver to a affected person with Alzheimer’s.

My objective with this undertaking was to point out how far persons are prepared to journey, from the place they reside, to take part within the 2014 Dalton Stroll to Finish Alzheimer’s. After speaking with the director of the Alzheimer’s workplace I came upon that they have been additionally fascinated with discovering out another demographics about their walkers so I even have included throughout the undertaking elements to have a look at such because the male to feminine ratio of the stroll individuals in addition to the ages of the stroll participant’s. To finish this undertaking I labored as a volunteer for the stroll and administered a survey because the walkers signed in that collected demographics equivalent to the house zip code, age of the walker and if the walker was male or feminine. The three mile stroll happened on September 27th and the place to begin for the 2014 Dalton Stroll to Finish Alzheimer’s was the car parking zone of the historic Dalton Depot. The streets of downtown Dalton have been blocked for the stroll and the stroll was escorted by the native Dalton metropolis police division via the streets on the town. My work as a volunteer began hours earlier than the stroll truly began. I arrived early to work with the opposite volunteers to assist arrange numerous tables and assist with different arrange duties earlier than the walkers began to reach. When the walkers began arriving I began accumulating my knowledge for my undertaking via the usage of the survey on the register desk. I'm glad that I made a decision to go along with utilizing a survey to gather knowledge as an alternative of strolling round with a clip board like I had considered doing as a result of I quickly realized that the stroll turns into very hectic and chaotic as soon as the walkers begin arriving. If I had not used a survey to gather the information from every walker as they signed in then I really feel assured that I might have missed plenty of the walkers and wouldn't have been capable of acquire correct and full knowledge. After the registration and register was full and the demographic knowledge had been collected I continued to work as a volunteer on the silent public sale desk. Working the silent public sale desk was a brand new expertise for me. Making an attempt to assist preserve monitor of the walker’s bids was difficult however enjoyable on the similar time. The silent public sale was a really profitable a part of the stroll this 12 months. The Silent public sale alone introduced in over $800 for the Alzheimer’s Affiliation. The stroll was extra like a block social gathering than a stroll to boost cash and consciousness of Alzheimer’s illness. There was reside leisure, a bake sale, silent public sale and a BBQ lunch was bought by the Dalton Depot restaurant with the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Affiliation. There was additionally a particular look by the 2009 Miss Tennessee, Stefanie Wittler. Completely different distributors have been additionally readily available to assist elevate consciousness of the sources out there to the caregivers of the sufferers with Alzheimer’s. There was one accident on the stroll and after speaking with the director of the stroll I came upon that the accident was the primary one to occur at a stroll for so long as she had been the director. After the stroll I additionally helped with the clean-up of the realm and the breakdown of the tables and decorations. I additionally helped to ship the stroll supplies again to the native workplace in Dalton and continued to work within the workplace serving to the workers rely and type the cash that was collected and verifying donations that have been acquired. In all on the day of the stroll I volunteered eight hours after which spent an extra 5 hours going via the survey’s and analyzing the information collected and making a map exhibiting the cities that individuals traveled from to take part within the Dalton Stroll to Finish Alzheimer’s after which making a report to provide to the Alzheimer’s workplace.

I found some attention-grabbing info and observations from the information that I collected and the Alzheimer’s workplace was as effectively. The whole variety of the walkers on the 2014 Dalton Stroll to Finish Alzheimer’s was 227 and out of that quantity 32 have been volunteers that devoted their day to assist make the stroll successful. The stroll was dominated by females as the entire variety of walkers that have been male numbered 52 whereas the entire numbers of females have been 175. So the male to feminine ratio of the walkers was 1:three or three feminine walkers for each one male walker registered within the stroll. I discovered this truth attention-grabbing that almost all of the walkers have been feminine and that extra males weren't fascinated with collaborating within the stroll. Out of the 227 stroll individuals 179 have been adults and 48 have been youngsters. The common age of the walkers was 38 years outdated with the oldest walker being 83 years outdated and the youngest walker being 2 years outdated. I loved seeing the youngest and smallest walker that regardless that was unregistered introduced plenty of pleasure and pleasure to the stroll. She was 2 months outdated and got here along with her mother in her very personal tiny stroll tee shirt. I came upon from the surveys that the individual that traveled the farthest to take part within the stroll got here from Cumming, Georgia which is 86.44 miles from Dalton, Georgia. Additionally, the common miles that individuals traveled from their residence zip code to take part within the stroll was 39 miles. On the finish of this report I've included three tables from the survey knowledge that present stroll individuals zip codes and mileage traveled, the variety of female and male walkers and the ages of the stroll individuals. I've additionally included the map that exhibits the cities that individuals traveled from to take part within the stroll.

I loved this volunteer expertise and I really feel that it taught me so much in regards to the demographics and arduous work of internet hosting fund elevating walks. I already knew what providers the Alzheimer’s Affiliation supplied however I didn't notice how a lot work went into every fundraiser that they do. You'd assume that if you hear of a fund elevating stroll that it could not take plenty of work to coordinate and host the stroll to give you the chance acquire the donations. I used to be fallacious! To carry one in all these walks there may be a tremendous effort put forth not solely by the workers of the Alzheimer’s Affiliation but in addition by the board of trustees and the quite a few volunteers that commit their day and sacrifice their time to assist make this stroll successful. If you consider volunteers for an occasion you consider somebody who's simply giving of their time and never personally linked to the occasion. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the volunteers that I encountered on the 2014 Dalton Stroll to Finish Alzheimer’s commit not solely their time but in addition have a private connection to the Alzheimer’s Affiliation as effectively. They honestly consider within the Alzheimer’s Affiliation and need to be part of making a distinction within the lives of the sufferers with Alzheimer’s in addition to serving to the caregivers of the sufferers to deal with the day after day struggles that they encounter because the Alzheimer’s illness progresses inside their family members. This service studying undertaking was an exquisite and fulfilling expertise for me and it helped to open my eyes and helped me to appreciate how a lot work, dedication, sacrifice and love goes into coordinating, collaborating and internet hosting a fund elevating stroll that's really profitable in additional ways in which simply financial.

Acworth, Georgia (58.25miles)

7

Adairsville, Georgia (32.21 miles)

three

Ball Floor, Georgia (55.24 miles)

four

Calhoun, Georgia (21.47 miles)

11

Canton, Georgia (63.82 miles)

eight

Chatsworth, Georgia (12.72 miles)

17

Chattanooga, Tennessee (32.55 miles)

four

Chickamauga, Georgia (27.56 miles)

6

Cohutta, Georgia (15.10 miles)

7

Collegedale, Tennessee (36.08 miles)

1

Cumming, Georgia (86.44 miles)

1

Dalton, Georgia (Zero miles)

94

Ellijay, Georgia (36.88 miles)

four

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia (24.49 miles)

14

Jasper, Georgia (48.86 miles)

eight

LaFayette, Georgia (27.06 miles)

2

Marietta, Georgia (71.88 miles)

1

Mineral Bluff, Georgia (59.08 miles)

2

Oolewah, Tennessee (26.96 miles)

1

Ringgold, Georgia (15.66 miles)

10

Rock Springs, Georgia (20.99 miles)

2

Rome, Georgia (48.05 miles)

four

Rossville, Georgia (26.89 miles)

5

Sugar Valley, Georgia (20.68 miles)

1

Summerville, Georgia (39.94 miles)

2

Speaking Rock, Georgia (42.96 miles)

5

Woodstock, Georgia (71.73 miles)

three

Desk 1: Stroll individuals zip codes and distances in parenthesis from every metropolis to Dalton, Georgia

Feminine

175

Male

52

Desk 2: Gender of stroll individuals

Zero-10 years of age

19

11-20 years of age

29

21-30 years of age

49

31-40 years of age

38

41-50 years of age

43

51-60 years of age

25

61-70 years of age

21

71-80 years of age

2

81-90 years of age

1

Desk three: Age of stroll individuals

C:UsersCarrie

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