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In Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, the Greater New England Chapter works to improve quality of life for individuals and families affected by MS; and raises funds for cutting-edge MS research to stop disease progression, restore lost function, and end MS forever.

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  1. Fundraising Events

    Walk Volunteer

    Volunteer to help us set up, help with registration, greeting, rest stops, break down, etc.

    Emily Flanders
    1-800-344-4867
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  2. Fundraising Events

    Bike Volunteer

    Volunteer to help us set up, help with registration, greeting, rest stops, break down, etc.

    Emily Christian
    1-800-344-4867
    Email
  3. Fundraising Events

    Challenge Walk Volunteer

    Volunteer to help us set up, help with registration, greeting, rest stops, break down, etc.

    Emily Flanders
    1-800-344-4867
    Email
  4. Volunteerism

    Days of Service

    MS Days of Service are organized by the Chapter. On these days, teams of volunteers complete projects for people living with multiple sclerosis.

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  5. Advocacy

    Government Relations Committee

    Volunteers Wanted!

    Are you a person with MS or do you have a connection to the disease? Do you have professional expertise in the area of law, medicine, disability, fundraising, policy, or community organizing? Do you have a commitment to working towards achieving short and long-term goals? Are you willing to speak before government officials, at public hearings, or with the media? Are you committed to working as a team and working on projects? If any of these describe you, contact Michelle.Dickson@nmss.org.
  6. Volunteerism

    Seeking Self-Help Group Leaders

    Are you interested in meeting and networking with others with MS that live near you? Are you seeking support and looking to learn from others also living with MS? Help create a vibrant MS network in your community. The Chapter is seeking new self-help group leaders to start and lead affiliated MS self-help groups throughout the Chapter area. Self-Help Group Leaders of affiliated MS self-help groups are valuable volunteers for the National MS Society. For more information, email amber.stalker@nmss.org.

  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

    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.

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