The Chippewa Valley Post provides news of area nonprofit organizations in order to increase public awareness of their missions and activities, and to provide information that otherwise might not be made available.
Our “6 of Substance” series is part of this effort. It will present answers from nonprofit organizations, in their own words, to six questions we asked about who they are and what they do. The responses will be edited only for length, grammar and style concerns.
This series will be updated regularly to introduce Chippewa Valley residents to the many nonprofit organizations and people working to serve the needs of our area. If you have a favorite nonprofit organization that you’d like to see featured here, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Who do you serve?
We serve individuals and families affected by MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Our goal is to help individuals with MS to live their best lives while we to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
How long have you been established in the Chippewa Valley?
The National MS Society has been a presence throughout the Chippewa Valley for many years, with the Walk MS: Eau Claire event occurring yearly in the spring since about 2000. The 2018 date is still to be determined. The Walk is open to all and we are always looking for volunteers to help on the day it takes place.. It begins at the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center and there are three-mile and one-mile walk options to choose from. You can register for the walk either by visiting our webpage or calling our office.
What are the major issues you will be facing over the next 18 months?
A difficulty we often face is learning how to recruit new participants to make each consecutive event more successful.
Aside from financial support, how can the Chippewa Valley Community support you?
The Chippewa Valley community can support the Society by becoming an advocate for individuals with MS who might not be able to fight for themselves. The more we come together as a community, the more research, services and programs will become available for individuals living with MS and their families.
Who are some of the key people in your organization?
Volunteers are key to making our organization a success. We would not be able to have such outstanding events without their support. Their hard work inspires so many of us and it shows how strong the MS community truly is.
What is the most important thing about your organization that people should know, but don’t?
We are the leading organization that drives research, programs and services for MS. We serve individuals with MS and will not stop until we find a cure for this disease.
— by Emily Nuernberg, Event Operations Coordinator
If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.
To download a copy of the “6 of Substance” questionnaire, click here.