Part of HYPE’s mission is to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities, and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region. HYPE encourages cross-collaboration among agencies and organizations that offer opportunities to volunteer in the community. The Community Conversations series focuses on interviewing professionals in a local nonprofit to bring awareness to their mission, highlight their impact in the community, and provide information on how to get more involved with the organization. For the March edition, HYPEster and Community Involvement Committee Member David Ferrer interviewed our very own Vice Chair of the Personal & Professional Development Committee Isabelle Miner, a Development Manager at The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter
What is the mission of your organization?
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks,restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
What is your role within the organization?
I am currently a Development Manager for Walk MS. I help to support nine events in the state of Connecticut. I call myself a professional “best-friend-maker”. My goal is to build meaningful relationships with our constituents, and in most cases, I’m their first point of contact with the National MS Society. I help people engage in our mission by making it easy for them to join our Walk MS events, achieve their fundraising goals, and hopefully, feel part of a great community available to support them in their fight against MS.
How do you implement your services or programs?
Fundraising is essential to our work and we rely heavily on our Walk MS participants in this area. The generosity of our constituents, their friends, and family provides the money for essential programs and services across the country, not to mention, the research funds to find a cure for this chronic disease. My job is to make sure their important fundraising and team building work is seamless and successful. This takes constant communication, strong execution, and most importantly, passion.
In what ways has your organization been impactful to your cause?
Everything we do reflects urgency to find solutions for people living with MS. Last year, the Society invested $42 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of services, the Society also invested $120 million to help more than one million individuals affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.
How does someone get more involved?
That’s a great question! As a Society, we believe to end MS it will take every family member, friend, community partner, and person living with MS. There are many ways to contribute to that effort. Take part in a fundraising event! No matter your interest and ability level, we have something fun for everyone. Whether it’s MuckFest or Bike MS, participation and fundraising is essential. And of course you can always join one of my Walk MS events!
We offer great volunteer opportunities. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the time and dedication of our volunteers. Be an advocate for change. Our voices can sometimes be our most powerful asset. This list goes on. Please visit our website for more ways to take part in our community and end MS forever!