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The National MS Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Arkansas and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


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  1. Fundraising Events

    Vintage Arkansas Strategic Philanthropy Assistant

    Project Goal:

    The overall goal of the project is to assist in the development and planning of a Leadership Event for Little Rock –A Vintage Affair for MS.   

    Measurable results include:

    • Assist in development and management of the Vintage Affair committee (1-2 meetings per month, 4 hours total time commitment).  Attend all committee meetings and take notes to provide action items at the close of each meeting.  Track committee activity and report on progress.
    • Track RSVP’s, donations, sponsorships, and auction items.
    • Assist in the creation of event save the date and invitation.  Provide assistance in preparing materials to mail.
    • Collect necessary information about event and assist grant writer with sponsorship opportunities through foundations, pharmaceutical companies and other organizations resulting in 3 potential opportunities.
    • Assist with communications around the event such as Save the Date card and invitation mailings.
    • Assist with collecting and processing monies received through sponsorships, donations and reservations for the event including communicating to the Supervisor with a daily report of monies received.
    • Attend A Vintage Affair for MS and assist in event management and logistics.

    Learning Objectives

    • Student will adhere to a timeline and a budget for the event.
    • Student may expect frequent travel within the city/community.
    • Student must exhibit knowledge of appropriate interaction skills with volunteers, committee members, and donors.
    • Student will have the opportunity to suggest ideas, themes or other creative possibilities making the event unique and successful.

    Required Skills

    • Outgoing, positive, team player, able to work independently, organizational and people skills, problem-solving, trustworthy
    • Email, internet, Microsoft Office software (specifically Word and Excel)
    • Reliable transportation to travel within the community.

    Educational Value

    • Event planning and management
    • Marketing
    • Public relations/media
    • Relationship building and cultivationVolunteer management

    Training and Support

    • Training to include one-on-one training and shadowing with supervisor and additional previous Vintage Affair committee members and Leadership Council members
    • Resources include computer with internet and Microsoft Office software, access to on-site staff including development, office management, and off-site marketing and supervisor.
    • Direct managerial plan includes a weekly conference call with planned direction.  Bi-weekly face-to-face meetings for status updates.  Daily access to supervisor via email and phone as needed.  Weekly reporting spreadsheet of daily activities completed.
    • Direct support and training will be provided by supervisor on successful techniques for working remotely.  As a remote staff person, I have exhibited proven techniques and accountability with ideal results and outcomes.  An intern would have first-hand opportunities to learn from my experiences in a remote office.  With today’s ever-changing workplace and technology, remote workplaces are becoming more of a norm.  This would be an exceptional opportunity for an intern offering valuable skills, training and experience in this area.

    Time Commitment

    • Requires approximately 20 hours/week over a 12-15 week period that can be completed on your schedule within the dates of June 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014.

    To apply, send resumes to Tina Ward at tina.ward@nmss.org


    Tina Ward
    (501) 663-6767 x35307
  2. Fundraising Events

    Event Day Volunteer

    Have a free weekend and want to help create a world free of MS?  The National MS Society is currently recruiting for event day volunteers for Bike MS, and Walk MS !  Check out the Events Page for more details.
    Lisa Finkbeiner
  3. Volunteerism

    Volunteer Wellness Partnership Cultivator


    Wellness is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social well-being that can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability. The South Central Region makes wellness programs available through a variety of approaches. This volunteer role is a unique opportunity to work with the Society staff to lead efforts to create new wellness opportunities, by connecting to community wellness instructors and/or community based wellness organizations.

    Lissa Giacco
    713-394-2928 or 800-323-4873
  4. Marketing & Communications

    Contributing Writer: MS Connection


    As a contributing writer, volunteers will be responsible for gathering and organizing information from event constituents, volunteers and people living with multiple sclerosis and writing articles for MSConnection magazine. MSConnection is distributed throughout the South Central Region quarterly and available online.
    Lee Kilborn
  5. Advocacy

    Client Relations Specialist


    The Client Relations Specialist will serve as an early point of contact for people newly diagnosed with MS, welcoming them to the National MS Society and helping to determine their needs.

    Mary Deschler
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