Become a Member
Sign up and become a member of GAPS! There is no fee and no required time commitment. Enjoy meeting people like you, enjoy fellowship and conversation and learn how to navigate the world with Parkinson’s. Sign up and we will keep you updated with what is going on in the Parkinson Community here in the Upstate and across the world.
Become a Volunteer
The Greenville Area Parkinson Society is always looking for volunteers to help with our programs and community events. Here is a list of the Volunteer Opportunities. We have places for weekly, monthly, or occasional involvement! Click here for a printable application.
Submit this application, and we will be in touch with you soon to schedule your volunteer training.
Activities Day: This event is every Wednesday from 9:30 am-Noon at The Crossings at Five Forks in Simpsonville. We need volunteers to spend time with our PD members so their spouses and caregivers can get a much needed break! Volunteers will join our members in recreational therapy activities, music therapy, playing games and cards, and helping them to participate in the movement sessions. There is no medical experience required from our volunteers, but we do require a one-time, 2 hour certification class to familiarize the respite volunteers with PD and how to best support our members.
Event Planners: Each year GAPS hosts two fundraisers as well as newly diagnosed retreat days, informational breakfasts, and other events. We need volunteers to help us plan and implement these events. Typical tasks include sending invitations and managing responses, soliciting event sponsorships, reserving event spaces, working with event vendors, recruiting and managing volunteers for the event, lining up event speakers or entertainment, event decorations, and event registration.
Community Connection Volunteers: Other organizations in the Upstate frequently invite GAPS to attend their events in order to educate their attendees about our programs. Our volunteers man a table at these community events to pass out GAPS brochures and answer attendees’ questions about our offerings. If you are outgoing, enjoy engaging others in conversation, and have a knack for promoting a good cause, this is the volunteer job for you!
Administrative Volunteers: Do you love to organize information, people, or possibly both? Do you enjoy researching online or by phone, doing mailings, cleaning out files? Does checking items off of a “to do” list give you joy? If so, we need you for short-term, as-needed administrative projects.
GAPS Ambassadors: Do you already find yourself out in the community for your job or other social engagements where health concerns are the topic? If you would be willing to carry GAPS brochures and make sure that people in our churches, assisted living communities, physician offices, and anywhere else around town, know about GAPS and the services we provide, this is the opportunity for you.
Become a Donor
GAPS is a 100% local and independent organization. We rely solely on the support of our community for our financial solvency. Please consider these ways in which you can contribute to the growing impact GAPS is having on those living with PD in the Upstate of South Carolina!
Annual Giving– Become an annual supporter, enabling GAPS to count on a specific amount of financial backing from you each year for the development of programs. To set up your annual giving account, contact our Executive Director at 864-905-2574.
Corporate Sponsorship– Local businesses sponsor our Water Cooler Classic and our Strike Out Parkinson’s Walk. We offer generous advertisement and promotional packages as thanks for these sponsorships. Sponsorship levels range from $1000 to $10,000. We also accept sponsorships for monthly events such as the Happy Hour Social, Speaker Seminars, and GAPS in Motion. For corporate giving, please contact us at 864-905-2574.
Final Gift Offering– Please consider having GAPS as a beneficiary in your will. The gifts that come from final offerings are a proactive way of helping to continue to serve the PD community in future years. GAPS is grateful for these generous bequests.
One-time Donation- Of course, a one-time donation is always appreciated. You can make a donation online on our homepage www.gapsonline.org or mail a check to:
Greenville Area Parkinson Society
220 N. Main Street, Suite 500
Greenville, SC 29601