MomsWithMS.com has existed as a private peer support community for over five years at this point. We have over 1,100 members on the site. I (Kristin) created the site on a whim that there was probably other moms out there diagnosed with MS that might be feeling alone, and be desiring a person to talk to who could relate to the joys and struggles of parenting while dealing with MS.
Up until now the whole MomsWithMS.com effort has been just that, it is an online community supported by @MomsWithMS, a Facebook page, and also spearheading the Moms with MS fundraising team for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
After this much time though needs have become clear, for example getting a babysitter (or money to pay a babysitter) so that one could get an MRI. I have even gotten phone calls from the article published a few years ago by MSAA from women who didn't have access to a computer. Finally there have been MANY calls for help with things like housekeeping which is especially hard for a mom with small kids and a disability to maintain.
It would be nice if we could just "give" what is needed to all of these moms. Currently the community site as well as this site is funded as a "hobby" with expenses of approximately $50 a month to maintain. If we could however become registered as a non-profit we could run real fundraising campaigns to not only keep these sites up but to start offering some of the needs that are very real to so many of the 1,100 moms.
Problem is, up until this point, the majority of keeping all of this going has been on Kristin with a people stepping in to help host events, run fundraising teams and of course everyone participating on the community website.
If it were up to you, would you support the movement to turn this small little sole prop/hobby into a non-profit? Do you have the skills, passion, social reach and determination to help make this happen?
If you answer is YES to any of those questions, please contact me at Kristin@MomsWithMS.com and let me know your vision and how you could help.
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