Mission: The mission of The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
Programs: We provide the following for people with ALS and their families through our Lea R. Powell Patient Services Program:
Resource Groups that meet monthly
Educational In-Service Programs for health care professionals
Wheelchair-accessible van transportation to take patients to clinic appointments
The ALS Association Certified Center at the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
The ALS Association Certified Center at The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
The ALS Association Center at Geisinger Medical Center
The ALS Association Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital
Marjorie Shimer Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program
Scott A. Mackler, M.D., Ph.D. Assistive Technology Program
Cox Family Fund for Accessibility
Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care Program
Respite Care Program
Visiting Volunteer Program
Educational and Recreational Programs for patients and their families
The ALS Association has been a wonderful place to volunteer. Through working in the office collating mailings all the way to doing Autograph Parties and Walks, it has given me the opportunity to help those in need while at the same time bringing my family closer together.
I have had some wonderful times with my son and daughter, working and laughing, and just having a good time. It gave us the time to work together to help others, and gave my children a sense of community.
The staff at the Philadelphia Chapter is second to none. They're a wonderful 'family', and the most kind hearted souls I've ever met.
If you have the opportunity to volunteer, please do so. It's one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. Once you've worked with the staff at the Philly Chapter, guaranteed you'll be with them for life. I am.