American Parkinson Disease Association, Northwest Chapter

Mission: The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder.

Category: People and Disabilities

APDA Northwest, founded by a dedicated group of volunteers, supports the needs of approximately 60,000 people with Parkinson's in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. They are a local chapter of American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), which is the country’s oldest and largest grassroots organization serving the Parkinson’s community founded in 1961.

APDA Northwest aims to fulfill their mission locally by educating and empowering those in their community challenged with Parkinson’s by promoting hope and optimism through innovative services and programs, and funding vital local and national research. This dual mission of helping people live better today while they also fight for a better life tomorrow is unique.

Parkinson’s disease affects 10 million people worldwide, more than MS, ALS, and Muscular Dystrophy combined, making it the second most common neurological disorder. With our aging population, these numbers are only going to grow. Currently, the cause is unknown and there is no cure or treatment to stop the progression of the disease.


Ways to Get Involved: As a small nonprofit with just three staff members, volunteers are truly critical to their ability to raise funds to provide services, support, education, and hope by funding research.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Event Committee Members for the Optimism Walk (Fremont/Lower QA), Adventure Race (scavenger hunt through Ballard) and Magic of Hope Auction & Gala.
  • Board of Director Positions
  • General Office Volunteers
  • Specialty Volunteers (web, social media, tech, bookkeeping, database management, PR, graphic design, writing/editing newsletter, social work/program development, grant writing and more)