Government Relations Committee (GRC)
The GRC is the Chapter’s volunteer committee dedicated to taking action on matters relating to public policy. The committee meets a few times per year, is responsible for gathering information about issues important to people with MS and their families, setting the public policy state and local agenda, obtaining knowledge of political process, identifying key political players, building a network to respond to public policy issues of importance and having a reputation as an independent source of unbiased information. Volunteer responsibilities include activities such as attending the Public Policy Conferences, providing testimony at state and local hearings, meeting with legislators, making phone calls or sending emails or letters about important legislation to legislators and executives, and representing the Chapter at press conferences. The time commitment varies during the year but is typically a few hours a month. GRCs already exist in Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester, but we are looking for additional members. We are also looking for both volunteers and potential leaders for GRCs we aim to establish in Binghamton and Syracuse.