Charity Spotlight: National MS Society of New York City – Southern New York

 Oz Moving Truck Supporting MS

 

Oz Moving is a proud partner of several outstanding organizations in our community, deserving of a shoutout. The National MS Society and their Southern NY chapter have been a longtime partner of Oz’s, and over the years we have seen them make a tremendous positive impact on so many people. We are proud to put the spotlight on their organization for this chapter, with the help of the MS Society’s Communications Manager, Daphne Mack.

LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

As Daphne Tells Me, “The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. It was founded in 1946 by Sylvia Lawry whose brother was diagnosed with MS in 1945.” Her search for treatment found others affected by the disease, but did not find educational resources available. That’s why Lawry founded the National MS Society.

The New York City – Southern NY chapter is part of the Society’s large network of chapters “which mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.” Daphne tells me the there were originally two separate chapters, (Southern NY and NYC) that combined to ensure that all of the people served by the charity had access to our programs and services. “The New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the more than 12,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward.” The chapter leads fundraising efforts in their own community to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends.

“To accomplish those goals, the society offers many programs — including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.”


THE EVENT

OZ MS Society Walk & Fundraising

 

Walk MS is the centerpiece of Oz’s involvement with the MS Society, and one of the society’s most important fundraising events. The Walk brings together a vast array of MS Society supporters with a plethora of diverse experiences in one place, all with one common cause. Oz has been supporting Walk MS since 2008. At Walk MS 2016, Oz met many of these supporters and rallied them towards their goals, all while giving them a little bit of inspiration (in the form of some free goodies.)

“Walk MS is such an important event for our chapter because it brings together a community of passionate individuals to connect and raise funds to change the world for everyone affected by MS.”

View Oz's Photos from Walk MS 2016


HOW OZ HELPS THE CAUSE

As a longtime partner of the MS Society, Oz has been involved in the operations of several of its events. Oz has donated hours of moving services for the Walk MS & Bike MS in the areas of NYC, Westchester and Rockland county. Whatever necessary, including boxes, extra trucks and / or extra workers, has been provided. 

“Our partnership with Oz Moving has and continues to help our organization raise awareness in the community. Through their social media platforms and the dual branding of the Society on their fleet of trucks, we are helping to increase visibility in our local communities which drives people to the resources they need to live their best lives.”

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Interested in helping out the New York City - Southern NY chapter of the MS Society? You can help by making a donation at www.msnyc.org, fundraising and participating in our events or email NYCSNY.volunteers@nmss.org to learn about volunteer opportunities at the chapter.

  


 

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