Mission: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a community of individuals who want to achieve a world free of MS. The Chapter is committed to the philosophy of wellness, offering those living with MS the encouragement, materials and skills necessary to achieve and maintain meaningful, productive lifestyles.
Founded in 1955, the Chapter helps over 8,000 individuals in western North Carolina and the state of South Carolina impacted by MS. We provide comprehensive support services and educational programs to people with MS, their family and friends, and raise money to fund cutting edge research into the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis.
Target demographics: Everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) living in South Carolina or western North Carolina
Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 8,000
Geographic areas served: South Carolina, western North Carolina
Programs: The Chapter provides direct services for people living with MS, including emergency financial assistance and employment, financial planning, information and referral, and service management resources. MS Service Days connect volunteers with people living with MS for a day of home repair and visitation, while the brand-new Friendly Visitor Program sends volunteers to visit patients with MS living in long-term care facilities. Chapter-supported Self-Help Groups allow people living with MS to learn from others sharing the same struggles.
In addition to direct services, the Chapter hosts teleconferences, including monthly educational phone conferences and quarterly conferences for people newly diagnosed with MS. The Chapter also sponsors educational conferences, retreats for families / children / couples living with MS, wellness programs and trainings, and a scholarship program for children either living with MS or having a parent with MS.
The Chapter also raises awareness of multiple sclerosis through local, state and federal advocacy opportunities and by working with healthcare providers to educate them about the challenges of managing patients with MS.
I almost lost my house. This disease has robbed me of many things. I wasn't about to let it have my home. I turned to the society for help and received a form in the mail that no normal, let alone one with cognitive issues, could possibly fill out. Not sure why it was made so difficult other than to turn people away from seeking financial help.
I started volunteering with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National MS Society as a way to help one of my best friends who was diagnosed with MS. She lives in Texas and it was hard for me to be able to help her from so far away. I called the local chapter and spoke with Linda Vanderbosch(who is a saint!)and she helped me get started.
Now my whole family volunteers for these events. I now have lots of friends with MS or loved ones with MS. It is one of the greatest experiences. I can never thank the staff enough for letting me be a part of something so special and FUN!
I am not very good at putting things into words,so I hope this is some way lets people see what they are missing out on!
If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good! Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)