Get Involved

Interested in getting involved with the Greater New York Chapter? Read about some of our programs below. You can also check out a list of upcoming Chapter events, or find information about the Take Steps walk or Team Challenge half-marathon training program.


Young Professionals Committee

Join the Greater New York Chapter Young Professionals! Young people aged 21-40 come together to plan two fundraising events per year, along with Happy Hours and other social events. Contact Lynnette Sorio at lsorio@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-388-9287.


Teen Group

The Teen Group encourages area teenagers to raise awareness and funds through a Teen Group Take Steps team and other initiatives. Contact Lynnette Sorio at lsorio@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-388-9287.


Power of Two                               

The Power of Two program provides one-on-one short-term support to patients and their families coping with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Individuals participating in the program are matched with volunteers who have had similar challenges and experiences for phone or e-mail conversations. This program is open to adults with IBD as well as parents of children with IBD. We are working to expand this program to serve spouses of people with IBD; if your spouse is an IBD patient and you are willing to be a Power of Two volunteer, we would love to have you!   

If you would like to participate in the Power of Two program, please complete the appropriate form and email or mail it to:
120 Broadway, Suite 1050A, New York, NY 10271


Volunteer

Volunteers Needed for GI Outreach! The Greater NY Regional Education and Support Manager is looking for a volunteer to assist with updating and maintaining a master list of GI offices in the Greater NY area.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Internet research to identify local GI practices
  2. Calling GI Offices to confirm contact person/info
  3. Updating data on an Excel spreadsheet

This would be an ongoing project for a volunteer who can come into the office on a weekly basis. We are looking for someone who is comfortable using the computer for research and data entry and making telephone calls.

The Greater New York Chapter currently needs volunteers for:

  • Adopt-A-Doctor: Drop off Crohn's & Colitis Foundation materials at doctors’ offices in New York City. Help ensure that all patients have access to the Foundation's programs and information.
  • Office assistance: Help out in the Greater New York Chapter Office
  • Event-day assistance: Join us the day of a fundraising or education event to volunteer
  • Event Committees: Join an event committee to help plan a fundraising event.

 Submit your volunteer application today! If you have any questions, please contact Lynnette Sorio at lsorio@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-388-9287 


Workplace Giving

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Greater New York Chapter is a member of Community Health Charities.  Employees of corporations, federal agencies, and state/municipal governments nationwide have the option to give to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation through Community Health Charities. Our CHC identification code is: 44159. If you would like information on how to bring Community Health Charities to your workplace, please contact Michele Zellers at mzellers@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-388-9292


Honor a Loved One With a Tribute Donation

Making donations on behalf of others or in memory of others is a meaningful way of recognizing commitment to an important cause. You can make a tribute or memorial donation and have us send a tribute card (suggested minimum donation $25.00). Your tribute gift can be mailed to our office at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Greater New York Chapter 120 Broadway Suite 1050A New York, NY 10271 Attn: Jose Louis Muñoz or charged to a credit card by contacting Jose Louis Muñoz at jmunoz@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-388-9291. 


 Be an Advocate!

 

Good news! New York State is one step closer to passing the Crohn’s and Colitis Fairness Act, and we need YOU to take action today to ensure its passage by the New York State Senate.

 

The Crohn’s and Colitis Fairness Act (Bill S3295) would allow people with medical conditions that require urgent restroom use- such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis- to use an employee-only restroom when a public one is not available and it is safe for the business to do so.

 

The bill has passed the Senate Health Committee and now sits on the Senate Calendar awaiting action. We need YOUR help to get the bill on the “active list” for a reading and vote on the Senate floor.

 

What can you do?

-          Identify your New York State Senator here:  http://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

-          Contact your State Senator by phone and email (email template below) to ask for their support of this bill (S3295) and explain why it is personally important to you. Ask your Senator to push Senator John Flanagan, Temporary President and Majority Leader of the Senate, to put it on the active list and bring it to a vote this session.  The legislative session ends on June 21, so please do this as soon as possible.

-          You can also post this request on your Senator’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as the Facebook and Twitter feeds of the two Senators below.

o   Senator Flanagan:

§  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorJohnFlanagan/timeline

o   Senator Hannon:

§  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kemp.hannon/

§  Twitter: @HannonSenate

-          Ask your friends and family in NY State to do the same!

 

It really is that easy. With enough of our voices being heard, we are confident we will get the Crohn’s and Colitis Fairness Act passed in New York this year, and you will have been a part of the process!

For more information, and to track the progress of the bill, click on the below link:

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s3295/amendment/original

 

Show that you support the bill and your Senator will see your vote:

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s3295/amendment/original#yes

 

You can also email your Senator using our action alert system:

https://secure3.convio.net/ccfa/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=151

In order to make a strong case for this bill, the Foundation will be in Albany on June 5 to personally advocate Senators to pass S3295. Please contact Alyssa Strauss, Education Manager, at 914-812-8990 if you would like to join us.

Dear  ______________,

 

I am a voter/constituent in your district and I am asking for your support of Bill S3295, which enacts the "Crohn's and Colitis Fairness Act" providing restroom access. Please contact Senator Flanagan to have him put this bill (S3295) on the active list and vote for it when it comes before you.

S3295 would allow people with medical conditions that require urgent restroom use- such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis- to use an employees-only restroom when a public one is not available and it is safe for the business to do so. In NY State there are more than 100,000 people with these debilitating diseases. I am sure you can imagine how it must feel to be denied access to a bathroom when you so desperately need one because of a severe and chronic medical condition. S3295 is important to me because... (I have IBD or am related to or friends with - whatever personal connection you wish to share).

 

Thank you,

Your name

*If you are able to visit your State Senator in person, the materials at the link below are helpful to leave behind:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zfcrkvnznvc2jmk/AABfVYkPB6nzgAhqURPV59gda?dl=0