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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.

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  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
    443-641-1195
    Email
  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.
    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
    443-641-1195
    Email
  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
    443-641-1195
    Email
  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
    443-641-1195
    Email
  5. 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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