Jan 15, 2013
What a Difference a Day Makes!
The Chapter's Kern County office will be able to offer its 4th annual MS Service Day in 2013, thanks to Chevron, which has announced it will be donating $2,500 to the project for a third consecutive year. The money will be used to purchase supplies needed to complete common household tasks or small home improvement projects for families impacted by multiple sclerosis. The only thing missing: more skilled volunteers.
MS Service Day has grown quite a bit since it started as a Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout project in 2010. Work the first year included yard work, cleaning, organizing, painting, and constructing a ramp. But in 2012, volunteers added more, such as:
- ripping out carpet and installing hard flooring so an elderly couple can more easily maneuver their daughter in her wheelchair around the house,
- installing a ceiling lift to help a woman get her husband out of bed, and
- installing an accessible shower unit for a woman living with MS, whose husband has primary lateral sclerosis, and whose daughter has cerebral palsy.
“It is difficult say just how much MS Service Day means to both the households dealing with this disease that affects both mobility and cognition, and the volunteers who have an opportunity to meet the person with MS and their families and give back,” explained Kim Kotrla, Director for the San Joaquin Valley region. “It is truly a day that makes a huge difference in the lives of many.”
If you have expertise in any areas such as plumbing, electrical, or construction and are willing to volunteer your services, please call Christine Grontkowski at the Kern County office at 661.321.9512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The main MS Service Day will be held during Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week on March 16, 2013, but work continues throughout the year as the Society learns of additional needs.
If you have MS and would like to be considered for an MS Service Day project on March 16, 2013 please call Christine at 661.321.9512 or email email@example.com.