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The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Alabama and Mississippi and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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  1. Volunteerism

    District Activist Leader

    Have you met with your elected official and shared how MS affects you? Are you interested in growing this relationship to keep people with MS are front of mind as he or she considers legislation? Lead the way in your community by becoming a volunteer District Activist Leader.

    As a District Activist Leader, you will build and foster critical relationships with the elected officials in your legislative district. You will serve as a liaison between these officials and the Society, helping to develop a reliable grassroots movement across the state and the country.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Take a leadership role in engaging with elected officials via multiple avenues to help foster a relationship between MS activists and elected officials.
    • Collaborate with your State’s Government Relations Committee
    • Attend MS State Action Days and/or Public Policy Conference when possible
    • Receive elected official’s email/mail communications
    • Monitor and track the elected official’s district activities and public events
    • Attend town hall meetings and other public forums to engage on issues that impact people affected by MS
    • Help build the MS movement’s profile of elected officials by providing key biographical data and information to Society government relations staff
    • Conduct in-district legislative visits when needed
    • Complete on-going training
    • Raise awareness of MS policy issues by utilizying multiple media strategies

    Qualifications:

    • Responsible and reliable
    • Able to communicate respectfully and use good judgment
    • Able to represent MS movement position on local, state and federal issues
    • Comfortable with public speaking
    • Strong Interpersonal skills
    • Strong leadership and organizational skills
    • Good note-taking and ablity to follow-up
    • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel, internet)
    • Interest in growing Social Media skills to connect with elected officials
    • Able to travel to and from district meetings/events

    Time Commitment:

    This is an ongoing position requiring a time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per month (some months more and some months less depending on legislative cycles) for a minimum of two years. Regular calls and meetings with Society government relations staff will be required to discuss progress and strategize next steps. (in-person or by phone).

    Education and Support:

    Training and support will be provided by Society staff as well as other volunteer leaders

    To volunteer, complete a volunteer registration form.  A regional Advocacy staff member will contact you with next steps.

    Aquilla Stanback
    205-879-8546
    Email
  2. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS Volunteer

    Don't want to cycle, but still want to make a difference in the lives of those affected by MS? Volunteers are needed to help with planning, rest stops, start/finish line, medical, cheering section, route support and more. This is a great opportunity for families, groups and individuals. Help make a difference in the lives of those affected by MS while having fun and making new connections!

    Bike MS: Ride to the Rocket - June 4-5 - Athens, Ala.
    Bike MS: Tour de Beach - September 17-18 - Orange Beach, Ala.
    Bike MS: Bike to the Battlefield - Oct. 8-9 - Ridgeland, Miss. 


    To learn more about how you can be a Bike MS volunteer, please contact Jennifer Ely.
    Jennifer Ely
    205-879-8546
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  3. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Volunteer

    Walk MS is the rallying point of the MS Movement. It's a celebration of people living with MS and their families. The Chapter's 11 Walk MS events would not be possible without the help of amazing volunteers. There is a place for everyone at Walk MS, and we always need you!

    Day-of Responsibilities: food, setup, registration, accounting, entertainment and more

    Pre/Post Event Responsibilities: phone calls, thank you notes, mailings and planning

    Contact Deanna Deschenes to learn more about how you can get involved with Walk MS!

    Deanna Deschenes
    205-879-8546
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