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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.


  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


    • 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.

  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? Sign up to support more than 1,000 cyclists who take part in the Chapter's three Bike MS events every year.

    Bike MS: Ride to the Rocket - June 6 - Athens, Ala.

    Bike MS: Tour de Beach - September 19-20 - Orange Beach, Ala.

    Bike MS: Bike to the Battlefield - Oct. 19-20 - TBD

    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!

    To sign up to volunteer, please Click Here.

    Kim Bywalski
  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. Volunteer and give hope to the 6,500 people affected by MS in Alabama and Mississippi.

    February 28, 2015
    Walk MS: West Alabama (Tuscaloosa) | Snow Hinton Park

    March 7, 2015
    Walk MS: Wiregrass Region (Dothan) | Houston County Farm Center

    March 14, 2015
    Walk MS: South Alabama (Mobile) | Spring Hill College

    March 21, 2015
    Walk MS: River Region (Montgomery) | Riverwalk Stadium
    Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast (Ocean Springs) | Fort Maurepas State Park

    March 28, 2015
    Walk MS: Cullman | Heritage Park

    April 11, 2015
    Walk MS: Birmingham | Regions Field
    Walk MS: Hattiesburg | Longleaf Trace

    April 18, 2015
    Walk MS: Jackson | Winner’s Circle Park

    May 2, 2015
    Walk MS: Northeast Mississippi (Tupelo) | Veteran’s Park
    Walk MS: North Alabama (Huntsville) | Village of Providence

    Volunteers are needed to help with planning,medical, cheering section, registration 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!

    Want to volunteer for Walk MS? Sign up here!

    Kim Bywalski


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