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The Indiana State Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Indiana and northwestern Kentucky and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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  1. Volunteerism

    Grant Support Specialist

    Provide support to the Programs and Services department by researching and identifying prospective funders in support of the National MS Society mission. Once prospective funders are identified, obtain necessary criteria, deadlines and timelines for grant applications. Provide review and feedback on proposals created by staff.

    Must be at least 20 years old. Background check and orientation / training required. Time commitment is one day a week, 2-3 hours, every other week during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - flexible.

    Indianapolis, IN46268
    Tricia Bishop
    317-870-2501
    Email
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    Communications Aide

    The communications aide will support the Programs and Services Department by maintaining contact with Self-Help Group Leaders through regular phone calls.  This is a liaison role charged with keeping up-to-date with the group leaders and providing the support needed for them to be most effective.

    Background check and orientation / training required. Time commitment is one to two times a month for four hours during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - flexible.
    Indianapolis, IN46268
    Tricia Bishop
    317-870-2501
    Email
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    Data Entry Assistant

    The Data Entry Assistant is crucial in helping the Indiana State Chapter staff enter various facets of member and service provider into our databases in a timely and efficient manner.

    Background check and orientation / training required. Time commitment would be twice a month for several hours during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - flexible.
    Indianapolis, IN46268
    Tricia Bishop
    317-870-2501
    Email
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    General Office Volunteer

    General Office volunteers provide support by facilitating mailngs in order to ensure the timely distribution of Society information to constituents, event participants and volunteers. This position is availabe on an "as needed" basis during peak times.  Volunteers will be contacted with the dates and times they are needed to support various projects.

    Background check and orientation / training required. Time commitment is during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - flexible.
    Indianapolis, IN46268
    Tricia Bishop
    317-870-2501
    Email
  5. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS

    The Indiana State Chapter hosts eight Walk MS events throughout the state, and it takes a multitude of volunteers to make this happen!  There are numerous opportunities available. You can assist with check-in, rest stops, Start / Finish Line activities, hospitality and more!  Check out all the opportunities available at www.walkMSindiana.org.
    Tricia Bishop
    317-870-2501
    Email
  6. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS

    Bike MS: Cruisin' the Crossroads is one of the Indiana State Chapter's largest fundraising events, and it takes a multitude of volunteers to make it a success.  There are numerous opportunities available.  You can assist with check-in, rest stops, Start / Finish Line activities, hospitality and more!  Check out all the opportunities available at www.bikeMSindiana.org.
    Tricia Bishop
    317-870-2501
    Email
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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.

    Laura Bennett
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