The ALS Association Celebrates International Volunteer Day

December 3, 2014

Countless nonprofit organizations across the globe rely on volunteers, and The ALS Association is no exception. On December 5, 2014, The ALS Association joins the worldwide nonprofit community to celebrate International Volunteer Day by honoring the 62.6 million Americans who generously donate their time and energy to serve worthy organizations.

The ALS Association gratefully relies on thousands of dedicated volunteers to fulfill its service mission. Our valued volunteers participate in a variety of activities, such as attending and raising funds for annual Walk to Defeat ALS® events, meeting with legislators in our nation’s capital for the National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference, and hosting activities that help The Association move closer to finding treatments and a cure for ALS.       

“Volunteers contribute to the strength of our organization and allow us to broaden the reach of service mission,” said Barbara Newhouse, The Association’s President and CEO. “The time our volunteers so selflessly give are a gift to not only The Association but to every person and family coping with this cruel disease.”

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and no life-prolonging treatments for the disease.

The ALS Association is always seeking new volunteers to join the fight against ALS. Opportunities may vary by location. To learn more about volunteering for The ALS Association, please contact your local chapter. Consider signing up to become an ALS advocate, or gathering friends and family to join the Walk to Defeat ALS.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm

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