The Maryland and National Capital chapters of the National MS Society are joining forces. Moving forward on October 1, as the Greater DC - Maryland Chapter, we will serve more than 15,000 people living with MS in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, as well as 31 counties across Maryland and Northern Virginia. This is great news for people affected by MS in D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
There are three driving goals behind this change: to offer enhanced MS education, support, advocacy and services for people affected by MS; to raise more money and increase our commitment to MS research; and to improve operating efficiencies.
By combining the talents of our boards, staff and volunteers, we can: enhance connection opportunities, services and advocacy for those living with MS and their families and friends; increase fundraising effectiveness; and streamline operations to reduce costs.
Our offices will remain located in Washington, D.C. and Timonium, Maryland
. The staff and volunteers in both locations
will continue to deliver connection opportunities, services and advocacy for people affected by MS and partner with local companies, volunteers and organizations to ensure that Society fundraising activities like Bike MS and Walk MS will continue and grow.
The combined strengths of volunteers, staff and others who care about people with MS will move us closer to the ultimate goal we all share—a world free of MS.
The transition will be a gradual one, with no interruption in service. More details will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we welcome your thoughts and ideas to maximize our new partnership to achieve our unified vision. We are looking forward to continuing our work together to end MS forever.
The Greater DC - Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society