Apr 23, 2013
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 21-27, the Mid America Chapter is giving special thanks to the thousands of volunteers who have joined the movement to fight MS. Last year nearly 4,000 volunteers throughout our chapter donated over 105,000 hours of service.
National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
Volunteers make everything the MS Society does possible. Whether they serve in our offices getting important materials and information out to professionals and people living with MS, host rest stops along Walk and Bike routes, or spend time visiting a person living with MS in a long term care facility, volunteers are the heart and soul of the MS Society.
Joan McMahon, long-time volunteer and member of the Mid America Clinical Advisory Committee, has found personal enrichment as well as professional growth through her service to the Chapter. “The Mid America Chapter MS Society is a very alive, caring organization. As a volunteer, you receive education and the satisfaction of being able to reach out to others. There are so many ways to volunteer. Give it a try.”
Tom Nutt, Bike MS participant and volunteer, finds that his donation of time is extremely rewarding. “Our time on this earth is a gift from God that passes all too quickly. What we choose to do with this time is what makes each of us who we are. I have had several friends and a dear cousin who have passed from this earth due to complications from MS. Most of us who live in this great nation have been blessed with riches in this life, but may feel like we don't have much to give. I am no exception, I always felt like I would like to be able to contribute more to help in the fight against MS but little extra to give. What I can do is give a few hours of my time which happens to be the most valuable commodity that any of us have. Just ask someone who has MS and you will see just how much time is worth. If all of us can give a few hours to help in this cause, we may make it possible for someone we love to live a few hours longer. How can we not help? I have been so blessed by the few hours I have spent serving others who have MS. Multiply your blessings and theirs by giving of yourself. If you can donate financially please do so, if you can give of your time please do. You will never be sorry! Thanks for letting me help.”
For more information about volunteer opportunities or to share your story, please visit our volunteer page, or contact your local branch office for details.