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

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  1. Volunteerism

    Chapter Office Volunteers

    We always need help around the office. From stuffing envelopes to answering calls to working in microsoft office, the options are limitless, the only thing we are missing is YOU!

    Louisville, KY40206
    Cathy Kemple
    502-451-0014
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  2. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS Volunteers

    Bike MS is a two day ride stretching through the rolling hills of Kentucky and into Bourbon Country. This signature event brings cyclists from around the country who want to do something about MS NOW!

    Jerika Amos
    502-526-4031
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  3. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Volunteers

    Walk MS is our Chapter's grassroots event. With walks taking place in eight different cities around Kentucky, it's a great opportunity to help us create a world free of MS.

    Mary Carabella
    502-526-5303
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  4. Marketing & Communications

    Communications Intern

    • Research and develop media, press releases, PSA’s, interviews, and post on social media for programs, events, and World MS Day.
    • Develop and implement outreach plan for advocacy at Walk MS.
    • Develop and create a Walk MS newsletter.
    • Coordinate volunteers for events.
    • Communicate with and reengage past volunteers.
    • Secure in-kind donations for events.
    • Research human services agencies throughout chapter service area.
    • Assist in the area of outreach to rural communities and underserved populations.
    • Research, compile, and obtain comprehensive information on community resources.
    • Identify outdated service provider listings that need to be deleted from the database and record updated resource data accurately.
    • Attend fairs to bring awareness to MS, National MS Society, and increase volunteer participation.  Outreach to colleges, high schools, churches, and civic organizations about volunteer opportunities.
    • Other duties based on intern interest and agency priorities. 
    Bailey Preston
    502-526-5061
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  5. Volunteerism

    Community Health Relations Volunteer

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Develop and strengthen relationships between health-care providers and the National MS Society
    • Educate and promote chapter programs and services to area physicians, their staffs and other health-care providers
    • Work with health-care providers to increase the number of people with MS and their families referred to the National MS Society for help and services

    Initial Impact: As a spokesperson for the chapter and the Society, community health relations volunteers spread the word in their community about the services available to people with MS and their families. Their knowledge about the chapter’s programs and services for individuals living with MS and health-care providers helps move the Society closer to achieving its mission.

    Bailey Preston
    502-526-5061
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  6. Volunteerism

    Programs and Services Intern

    Internship Responsibilities Include:

    • Research human services agencies throughout chapter service area.
    • Contact self-help group leaders and attend occasional meetings in the chapter area.
    • Assist Programs Department staff in the area of outreach to rural communities and underserved populations.
    • Research, compile, and obtain comprehensive information on community resources.
    • Identify outdated resource listings that need to be deleted from the database and record updated resource data accurately.
    • Complete financial assistance applications with members.
    • Respond to client requests for information and support, and follow-up with Newly Diagnosed and New to Chapter members.
    • Attend professional conferences and health fairs to bring awareness to MS and the National MS Society.
    • Other duties based on intern interest and agency priorities. 
    Bailey Preston
    502-526-5061
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  7. Advocacy

    District Activist Leader

    Impact:

    By serving as a District Activist Leader, you will drive change by deepening relationships between elected officials and the MS movement. Your story will create a personal imprint in the mind of the elected official about the impact MS has had on your life and within your community. The relationships you build and the stories you share will help to ensure that when an elected official hear the words multiple sclerosis, they feel compelled to take action.

    Position Description:       

    Build and foster critical relationships with your elected officials (in your legislative districts) that will help the MS movement influence policy issues at the federal, state and local level.

    Serve as the liaison between Society government relations staff and your local MS community. This volunteer postion will provide opportunites to help grow our activist network, speak at community events about our policy priorities and help to identify issues to be addressed via advocacy.

    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/Chapter’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

    Education and Support:

    Training and support will be provided by Society staff as well as other volunteer leaders.

    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).

    Download an application here!

    Abby Carter Emanuelson
    800.344.4867, 2, ext. 15975
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