Volunteer Opportunities - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The Upper Midwest Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and several counties in western Wisconsin and Nebraska, and raises funds for critical MS research. Join the Movement toward a world free of MS.


  1. Fundraising Events

    Volunteer at a Walk MS or Bike MS event

    The success of Society fundraising events is directly related event participants across the chapter area. Help make our event experience meaningful and fun by signing up to volunteer for an event below.

    Walk MS
    Join us for a one-day event to celebrate the power of our connections. Held in 33 sites throughout Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin in spring 2014, and in North Dakota in fall 2014.

    Bike MS
    Volunteer at any of six extraordinary cycling events across the chapter area. Bike MS kicks off in mid-May and finishes in mid-August.

    Challenge Walk MS
    Test your strength and spirit, and volunteer for a two-day, 50k walk through the Twin Cities.

    Will Zeigenhagen
  2. Volunteerism

    Office support volunteer

    Office volunteers assist with the National MS Society’s daily operation from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. We welcome volunteers with a wide range of talents and skills. There is only one requirement: a desire to Join the Movement® to end multiple sclerosis. To volunteer, fill out the online interest form or call Society volunteer staff at 800-582-5296 (option 2).
    James Adkinson
  3. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Ambassador

    The chapter is looking for ambassadors to represent 2015 Walk MS events in May and September. An ambassador is the “face” of the event and uses his or her personal story to inspire, engage and educate the community. Through speaking engagements, media interviews and public outreach, ambassadors energize others to get involved with Walk MS.

    Nominate yourself or someone you know to be honored as the Walk MS Ambassador in your community! If you nominate someone else, be sure to ask him or her about this important role before you submit a nomination.

    2015 Walk MS Ambassador nomination form

    Anna Kucera
  4. Advocacy

    Public education and speaking

    Public education

    Public education volunteers promote the National MS Society's mission and information about multiple sclerosis and chapter program through educational display representation. Educational displays take place at the State Fair, corporate health fairs and expos across the chapter area. Training is provided. If you're interested in public education volunteer opportunities, fill out the online interest form or contact James at 612-335-7984. 

    Speakers Bureau 

    Are you interested in representing the National MS Society? Do you want to share your story to groups in your community? Do you want to inspire people to get involved with chapter events and activities? Join the Upper Midwest Chapter Speakers Bureau and help raise MS awareness in your community and beyond!

    If you're interested in becoming a speaker, complete this speaker bio to tell us more about you, your story and availability. All speakers will be trained on how to represent the organization. If you are a new volunteer, please fill out the online interest form or contact James at 612-335-7984 or james.adkinson@nmss.org.


    James Adkinson
  5. Volunteerism

    MS Club or Group facilitator

    MS groups connect people who have multiple sclerosis with others with similar experiences. Enjoy lively discussion, share valuable information and ways to cope with challenges, have fun and be inspired. Training is provided and required. See job description for more information. If you're interested in starting a group or you have ideas for a new group, contact Jeff at 612-335-7951, 800-582-5296 or jeff.fisher@nmss.org.

    Jeff Fisher
  6. Fundraising Events

    On the Move Luncheon Planning Committee

    The volunteer planning committees help make important decisions about the luncheon, host tables and secure auction items. If you're interested in joining the committe, contact Jennifer at jennifer.baumgartner@nmss.org or 612-335-7925.

    Jennifer Baumgartner
  7. Advocacy

    Advocate for people with MS

    Have you ever wanted to bend the ear of your Congress members (without having to travel to Washington D.C.)?  

    Congress will be in recess, and members will be back in your state ready to meet with you! You'll have the opportunity to influence important issues, such as federal funding for multiple sclerosis research and policies that help people with MS live their best lives.

    National MS Society staff will be setting up meetings throughout Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in August.

    For more information or to sign up, contact Dan Endreson at daniel.endreson@nmss.org.

    Daniel Endreson
  8. Volunteerism

    MS Awareness Council

    MS Awareness Council members increase understanding of MS and the National MS Society and deepen public engagement by executing actionable awareness opportunities; identifying compelling stories and pitching to local media; and developing partnerships with organizations and volunteers in key market areas.

    Awareness Council members coordinate and execute awareness activities — leveraging existing awareness efforts to increase community relevance (MS Awareness Week, Walk MS, World MS Day, etc.) — thereby growing knowledge of MS and the National MS Society and inspiring others to impact the MS movement through personal action.

    This volunteer position requires a year-long commitment, with expectation of 1-10 hours of work per month. 

    James Adkinson


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