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The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

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  1. Volunteerism

    Volunteer At An Event

    We’ve never been closer to a cure for MS. That’s why now it’s more important than ever to support our fundraising events. Join the Movement and have a great time, too.

    Kate Moore
    860-913-2550
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    Join A Committee

    Are you passionate about something we do and full of ideas to offer our staff? Join the Movement by joining a committee, and help guide the future of our programs, services and events. Committee opportunities include:


    ·         Walk, Bike,  and Golf Committees
    ·         Women Against MS Luncheon
    ·         MS Dinner of Champions

    • Chapter Programs Committee
    • Clinical Advisory Committee
    • Financial Assistance Committee
    • Government Relations Committee
    • Research Advocacy Committee
    • Development Committee
    Kate Moore
    860-913-2550
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    Office Support Volunteers

    Looking to fill a few hours each week with a meaningful activity? Is coming out to big events not your thing? Consider volunteering in our office! We are passionate about matching your skills and interest with the right projects.

    Come once a week, once a month or simply call when you have free time. We appreciate your help whenever it is available, especially during our busy event seasons.
    In-office volunteers often help with the following:

    • Preparing mailings for fundraising events, such as labeling, folding and stamping.
    • Lending a hand when staff members are organizing supplies.
    • Helping with reminder calls to registered participants.
    Kate Moore
    860-913-2550
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    MS Ambassadors

    As an MS Ambassador, you are able to help raise awareness and speak to the effects of multiple sclerosis. The Connecticut Chapter depends on your support in many different ways: to help at events, to reach out to others and to express our gratitude to those participating.

    Kate Moore
    860-913-2550
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    MS Action Alert Network

    Thousands of people are getting involved as MS activists. Recognize your passion and ability to make a difference! Join individuals with MS and dedicated friends and family members to help positively shape the policies and programs that impact people living with multiple sclerosis.

    You can Advocate For Change.

    • Write your legislator, representative, congressman and/or president
    • Donate your time by sending a letter, e-mail or making a phone call to a community leader to share your concern for the chapter’s signature issues. Every voice counts! Learn how to take action.
    Susan Raimondo
    860.913.2550
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    Health & Wellness Fairs

    Periodically the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter is invited to participate in health and wellness fairs and expos. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to help us inform the community of our efforts to create a world free of MS. Contact the chapter to find out about upcoming conventions.

    Kate Moore
    860-913-2550
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    Internships

    Enhance your education by interning with a national organization that is a leader in its field. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter is proud to be a community-oriented organization that directly serves Connecticut’s citizens living with MS while supporting national efforts to fund research and find a cure. Learn from our talented and seasoned staff, and make a difference while building new skills and applying what you’ve learned in the classroom.

    Current internship opportunities include:

    • Public Policy Intern
    • Mass Communications / Public Relations Intern
    • Development Intern
    • Programs and Services Intern

    The Connecticut Chapter embraces, values and recognizes every contribution. With your help, we stretch our donor dollar and build a stronger organization. For our volunteers, we provide growth and development at all points of service. Volunteer with us. You can help move us closer to a world free of MS.

    Kate Moore
    860-913-2550
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    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.

Volunteers are critical to our success. Opportunities are available to support fundraising events, help people living with MS, contribute your professional skills and much more.

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