At the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society we are grateful to be able to support people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont living with multiple sclerosis. Much of the support we provide is due to the thousands of volunteers who help us every day.
We couldn’t be more thankful for the more than 5,400 individuals who volunteered in 2011. These selfless folks shared their time and talents to support our events, provide important programs, and bring essential services to those living with the disease -- either as patients, family members, or caregivers.
More than 3,400 volunteers came out in force to help at our 42 walks and eight bike rides. Over 75 self-help group leaders led meetings, shared information, and provided networking opportunities throughout the region. An untold number of volunteers participated in committees like the Government Relations Committees – who are helping push forward new insurance options for the uninsured in Maine and to fund the catastrophic illness program in New Hampshire. The GRC members also coordinated Networking Breakfasts in Burlington, Vermont and are working to keep the Home Links program funded in Massachusetts.
There are the working professionals who volunteer to provide retirement planning seminars. Peer support volunteers offer information, companionship, and emotional support to people with MS. Office volunteers make phone calls, stuff envelopes, and build event packets. Our committed Board of Directors help chart the future of our Chapter and support our many goals and initiatives, and many, many more -- too numerous to mention here.
The holdiay season s truly a time for the Greater New England Chapter to be grateful. We are thankful for the generosity of the people who volunteer and serve, who join us as we work to improve the lives of our neighbors, friends, and family and who give so freely of themselves to –
Stop MS now.
Restore what's been lost.
End the disease forever.