Volunteer Opportunities - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The Greater DC-Maryland Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


  1. Volunteerism

    Office Support Volunteers

    Looking to fill a few hours each week with a meaningful activity? Coming out to big events not your thing? Consider volunteering in our office! We are passionate about matching your skills and interests 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 event and office supplies
    • Personalizing brochures by adding our return address labels
    • Helping with reminder calls to registered participants
    ...and much more!

    Become an office volunteer today! For more information, please contact us at 443-641-1195 or ellen.hannibal@nmss.org.
    Ellen Hannibal
  2. Volunteerism

    Leadership Volunteers

    Leadership volunteers help the chapter design and implement its programs and fundraising events. The committees listed below are comprised of staff and volunteers who share a passion in creating a world free of MS. Sign up today to join a leadership committee!
    • The Events Committees help organize and develop the chapter’s fundraising events, like Walk MS, Bike MS, and Challenge Walk MS. Committee members may coordinate event logistics, secure sponsorship or mentor participants.
    • The Chapter Programs Committee works with chapter staff to develop, execute and evaluate programs and services. Members of the CPC, include consumers and health care and community professionals, make recommendations based on their knowledge of MS, the clients served by the Chapter, and the Chapter’s resources.
    • The Government Relations Committee works with chapter staff to develop and implement advocacy efforts around the identified state priorities. Members of the GRC help keep advocacy efforts moving forward throughout the year.
    • The Clinical Advisory Committee is a group of neurologists, nurses, and other health care professionals who oversee the chapter’s medically related programs and advise on topics relating to the clinical care of people with MS. CAC members also act as chapter spokespersons on medical topics.
    For more information or to join any of these committees, please contact Ellen Hannibal at ellen.hannibal@nmss.org or 443-641-1195.
    Ellen Hannibal
  3. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Volunteers Needed

    Volunteering is a great chance for folks who want to be involved with the National MS Society to Join the Movement, without walking you can still be part of your team! We can't do this without you.

    Sign up to volunteer today!

    The success of Walk MS: Maryland is directly related to the wonderful volunteers who help to make the event go off without a hitch. We welcome volunteers with a wide range of talents and skills. There is only one requirement: to want to do something about MS NOW.

    Ellen Hannibal
  4. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS Volunteers Needed

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS. The success of Bike MS depends on volunteers like you! Each volunteer’s contribution, large or small, is critical to the success of the event. Volunteers provide key support to Bike MS all year, from serving on planning committees, calling past participants to providing safety for our riders and overall support at the event. Volunteers are the helping hands that make the event possible!

    When you join the Bike MS Volunteer Team, you become a part of Bike MS. Together we will provide support, raise money, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
    Ellen Hannibal
  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


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