Long Island Chapter

Get Involved

There are a variety of ways that you can help support the mission-critical research, education and support programs of Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Whether you donate your time, money, resources, or skills, you can help make a difference in the lives of the over 1.6 million Americans suffering from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, collectively know as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Join us in our mission to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Volunteers Needed

The Long Island Chapter is always looking for dedicated volunteers to lend a helping hand! There are many volunteer opportunities to fit your expertise. Please contact the Chapter office if you are interested in volunteering by calling (516) 222-5530. You can also download our volunteer application and email it to [email protected] or fax to (516) 222-5535.


Keyholder’s Circle

The Keyholder's Circle members are stakeholders who, by possessing the resources to make a significant gift to research, "hold the key" to a cure. The Keyholder's Circle meets four times a year, in small private settings, with leading IBD experts, to learn about the latest in scientific research.  For more information on membership in the Circle, please contact Susan Gomberg, Development Director at (516) 222-5530 or by email at [email protected]


Team Challenge Long Island

There's a great destination race waiting just for you, from the beaches of Florida to the Las Vegas strip! Train for a half marathon race and fundraise for a cure. Information meetings are ongoing this fall. Go to Team Challenge Long Island, or contact Amanda Mendum at [email protected] to sign up or for more information.


Take Steps Long Island

Walk to raise funds and awareness for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere!

For more details on becoming a fundraising team or individual, corporate sponsor, volunteer, as well as event details, visit www.cctakesteps.org or contact your walk team Suzanne Beck, Walk Director at [email protected], Melissa Pulsinelli Varellas, Walk Manager at [email protected].


Ambassador Program

The Long Island Chapter is seeking Ambassadors to assist with coordinating office visits to
hospitals, gastroenterologist offices and to represent the Foundation at tabling events throughout
our community such as Health Fairs.  For more information, contact Melissa Varellas at [email protected].


Young Professionals Group

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) is a community of like-minded patients and allies that meets on regular basis to plan and support events, socialize and share learnings and perspectives about IBD. We empower Young Professional’s in Long Island through our fundraising efforts to make a difference for future generations.  For more information, contact Anissa Bernardo at [email protected] or 516-222-5502. 


Join a Committee

Want to get involved with the Long Island Chapter? Join a committee to help plan special events, education programs and more. Ongoing committees include:

  • Events
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Train to become a support group leader

For more information about committees, please call (516) 222-5530.


Workplace Giving

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Long Island Chapter is proud to participate in the workplace giving campaign of Community Health Charities. At many workplaces employees can direct contributions to the charity of their choice. Look for our name and agency code in your company campaign. If you don't find us, please ask your employer to add Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Community Health Charities Code: 72116



585 Stewart Ave
Suite 304
Garden City, NY 11530
United States


(516) 222.5530

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