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The National Capital Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


  1. Volunteerism

    Programs & Services Volunteer

    The Programs and Services department is looking for volunteers who are available to come into the office on a regular basis to help with phone calls and data entry. Days and times are flexible. Call 202-296-5363, option 2, or email VolunteerDC@nmss.org.
  2. Volunteerism

    Community Representative

    Are you a people person? Do you love educating people about MS? Are you looking for a new way to get involved with the National MS Society?
    If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you may be a great fit for the National Capital Chapter's Community Representative Program. Community Representatives attend various workplace giving and health fairs in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to speak with the public about MS and the work of the National MS Society.
    To learn more about becoming a Community Representative, please call 202-296-5363, option 2, or email VolunteerDC@nmss.org.
  3. Volunteerism

    Volunteer Photographer

    Love to take photos? We're always looking for volunteer photographers to shoot our events and programs. Call us at 202-296-5363, option 2, or email VolunteerDC@nmss.org.
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    Administrative Assistant Volunteer

    We're seeking an administrative assistant volunteer who is comfortable answering phones, signing for packages, distributing faxes, and filing.  If you can volunteer one day a week, we'd love your help!  Call us at 202-296-5363, option 2, or email VolunteerDC@nmss.org.
  5. Volunteerism

    Sign up to be a Friendly Visitor

    What is a Friendly Visitor?

    Friendly Visitors are remarkable individuals who recognize that by making one monthly visit to a nursing home resident with MS, they can help change a life. Visitors will receive comprehensive training before the initial visit and continued support as needed throughout the program.

    What is expected of a Friendly Visitor?

    • A one-hour per month commitment for a minimum of six months
    • Participation in regular training sessions
    • A warm and caring personality

    If you are interested in becoming a friendly visitor, please complete the Visitor Registration Form.

    Emily Smith
  6. Fundraising Events

    Volunteer at a local event (Walk MS, Bike MS, Run MS, etc.)

    We depend on hundreds of volunteers to help with our fundraising events. Volunteers are needed to host rest stops, drive support vehicles, help with registration, cheer on our participants, and more. We also need administrative help in our office before and after each event.
    To learn more or register, please select an event:
  7. 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.


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