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The Southern California & Nevada Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Southern and Central California and Nevada and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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  1. Advocacy

    MS Ambassadors

    • Do you enjoy mobilizing people to become engaged in the MS movement?
    • Are you interested in sharing your story about being affected by MS?
    • Do you often find yourself talking about your involvement with the MS Society?

    MS Ambassadors are people who are passionate about engaging others in the movement. You don’t need to have MS, just a desire to bring an end to the disease.

    We are in the process of creating an MS Ambassador program within the Southern California area, if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity please email Mercy Willard.

    Mercy Willard
    310.481.1110
    Email
  2. Advocacy

    B.A.M.S. (Bakersfield Against MS)

    Do you have a special talent, an excellent connection, available resources or creative ideas which can help us raise MS awareness in Kern County? If so, Bakersfield Against Multiple Sclerosis (BAMS) can use your help! Join brainstorming meetings to help generate ideas for raising MS awareness in our community throughout the year. 
    Fotini Alfieris
    661.321.9512
    Email
  3. Advocacy

    Santa Barbara Public Awareness Committee

    Come together with local volunteers who want to raise awareness of MS and let the Santa Barbara community know that the National MS Society is here to help. Help spread the word to people with MS and their families, health care professionals and the general public and get them engaged in our movement to end MS. This group of dedicated volunteers attends Nite Moves, the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market and other local events to help raise awareness. Next on the agenda is MS Awareness Week 2014.
    Jeanette Chian
    805.682.8783
    Email
  4. Advocacy

    SoCal Young Professionals Group (YPG)

    Mission Statement: 
    The mission of the Young Professional’s Group (YPG) is to engage its members in community service, educational, social events and programs that promote awareness of multiple sclerosis and the MS Society. YPG will provide each member with hope, support, and awareness in a safe and sensitive environment by connecting them to information, resources, and each other.

    Vision Statement:
    YPG is the group of choice for young men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who want to do something about MS NOW. YPG connects people living with MS, their friends and family, and medical professionals in a supportive and confidential environment where the sharing of knowledge and resources creates hope and a better quality of life for people affected by MS.

    We are growing our community and would love to have a part of it. Receive invites to our special events, updates on research, and connect with others. Do something about MS now and join the SoCal YPG! Contact us at ypg@nmss.org or follow us on Facebook.

  5. Volunteerism

    Community Service Investigator

    Assist in identifying accurate and accessible resources for the National MS Society’s database referral list. The information about these resources will help the Society to alleviate certain obstacles confronted during activities of daily living for individuals, family members, and friends affected by multiple sclerosis.

    Skills needed:
    • Ability to represent the National MS Society in a professional manner,organized, effective verbal communication skills.
    • Computer skills preferred.
    Commitment: Initiate calls and meetings with local providers: 2-4 hours per month, Planning: 1-2 hours/month.
    Tiffany Jordan
    310.479.4456, ext. 66130
    Email
  6. Fundraising Events

    Golden Circle Volunteers

    Join our major gift fundraising efforts by writing to or calling your friends, family or business associate on behalf of The Golden Circle.The Golden Circle Campaign focuses on membership gifts of $1,000 or more to benefit MS research as well as local programs and services. Chapter staff and other Committee members can assist you.
    Danielle Katayama
    310.479.4456
    Email
  7. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS

    April/May & September/October 2014
    Walk MS is the Southern California & Nevada Chapter’s largest event. The money we raise will support education, advocacy, research and local programs that enhance the quality of life for people with MS and their families. We need hundreds of volunteers to help. Day-of event needs include: photographers, set up, registration, prize distribution, cheering squads, performers, rest stop, and finish festival volunteers. We also need in-office support, street teams and truck drivers pre-event.
    Angelique Andrulaitis
    310.479.4456
    Email
  8. Fundraising Events

    Challenge Walk

    September 5-7, 2014
    Be a part of this incredible three-day, 50-mile journey closer to a cure. Route support, massage therapists, photographers, and first aid are just a few of the available volunteer opportunities.
  9. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS

    October 11 & 12, 2014
    Ride or volunteer at our two-day, 15 – 160 mile ride along the Southern California coast. Event needs include photographers, check-in, SAG drivers, hospitality, medical, route and spirit team volunteers.
    Kari Boatner
    310.479.4456
    Email
  10. Volunteerism

    Internships

    If you are looking to gain valuable work experience as you enter the workforce, build your resume as you transition to a new field, or gain work experience in the nonprofit sector, an internship with the Southern California & Nevada Chapter can help you do that while you make a difference in the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis and their families.

    Available Internships:
    Community Development, Fitness & Rehab Services Intern

    Apply Now!
    Intern applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to:

    Mercy Willard
    Senior Director, Community Development and Outreach
    Southern California & Nevada Chapter
    5150 W. Goldleft Circle, Ste. 400
    Los Angeles, CA 90056
    Fax: 310-479-4436
    mercy.willard@nmss.org

    An interview will then be scheduled with qualified candidates.

    Mercy Willard
    310.481.1110
    Email
  11. Volunteerism

    Corporate Involvement

    Whether it is volunteering a day in the office, providing professional pro-bono expertise, or taking the leadership of a rest stop at one of our special events, we have a project that can work for any size group in a variety of locations and times.

    Many of our current volunteer opportunities can be tailored to your corporate group’s needs or setting.

    Mercy Willard
    310.481.1110
    Email
  12. Volunteerism

    Civic Groups

    Some experiences are better shared, including volunteering for the National MS Society. Whether you are looking for a way to teach your kids how to give back, a fun activity to do with your organization, or a new team building opportunity, group volunteering can be a rewarding experience.

    Many community organizations such as church or synagogue outreach group sor a civic organization like Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs, Junior League or Jaycees - donate time and financial support to the Southern California & Nevada Chapter.

    We can answer your questions and are able to send a National MS Society representative to speak to your organization. Your group can make a difference in the lives of the many thousands of people affected by MS.

    Mercy Willard
    310.481.1110
    Email
  13. Advocacy

    Advocacy Volunteer: District Captain

    The District Captain is responsible for monitoring the activity of congressional, state senate and assembly members relative to healthcare and disability issues.  They will also represent the Society’s policy interests and positions to their respective elected legislators.

    Audra Hindes
    310-481-1114
    Email
  14. Marketing & Communications

    Public Relations Volunteer

    If you have at least 3-5 years experience in PR, we have a great volunteer opportunity for you. Work with our Marketing Manager to develop a channel plan, write press releases and articles, and help communicate the wealth of programs and services we provide to the community, as well as our outstanding events. 

    Time Commitment: Ongoing (15-20 hrs/month)
    Location: Remotely/Chapter Office

    Emily Hazlett
    310-481-1138
    Email
  15. Marketing & Communications

    Copywriter

    Do you LIVE to write? Actively blog? Want to build or expand your writing resume? We’re seeking ambitious, community-focused content creators to contribute regularly to our Chapter and Special Events communications and quarterly MS Connection newsletter. Articles range from personal interviews, event recaps and programs and services updates. You might also do the occasional newspaper or magazine article. 

    Time Commitment: Ongoing (10-15 hrs/month)
    Location: Remotely/Chapter Office

    Emily Hazlett
    310-481-1138
    Email
  16. Volunteerism

    District Activist Leader

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