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The Upstate New York Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Upstate New York and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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  1. Volunteerism

    Special Events

    Help out with event logistics, day-of-event support, follow-up and preparation for our Walk MS and Bike MS events. You can also join a task force to assist in planning and managing an event!

    Deborah Houck
    585-271-0801
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  2. Volunteerism

    Client Programs

    Work on a program planning task force or you can also join our network of self-help group leaders.

    Deborah Houck
    585-271-0801
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  3. Volunteerism

    Leadership Teams

    Be part of a growing group of leaders who help plan events and address strategic objectives for a given project

    Deborah Houck
    585-271-0801
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  4. Volunteerism

    MS Ambassadors

    Team up with other volunteers to organize awareness activities or coordinate speaking engagements in your area. Sign up to attend health and wellness fairs or volunteer recruitment fairs.

    Deborah Houck
    585-271-0801
    Email
  5. Volunteerism

    Community Partners

    Volunteer for an MS Service Day in your area or sign up to help coordinate holiday baskets or other community outreach initiatives of the Upstate NY Chapter.

    Deborah Houck
    585-271-0801
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  6. Volunteerism

    Public Relations

    Be part of our team of writers, designers, photographers, and communications professionals who help spread the word about what’s happening at the National MS Society.

    Ashley Greenman
    585-271-0801
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  7. Volunteerism

    Office Support

    We’re always looking for people to help with making follow-up phone calls, answering phones, and helping with data entry.

    Deborah Houck
    585-271-0801
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  8. Advocacy

    Government Relations Committee (GRC)

    The GRC is the Chapter’s volunteer committee dedicated to taking action on matters relating to public policy.  The committee meets a few times per year, is responsible for gathering information about issues important to people with MS and their families, setting the public policy state and local agenda, obtaining knowledge of political process, identifying key political players, building a network to respond to public policy issues of importance and having a reputation as an independent source of unbiased information.  Volunteer responsibilities include activities such as attending the Public Policy Conferences, providing testimony at state and local hearings, meeting with legislators, making phone calls or sending emails or letters about important legislation to legislators and executives, and representing the Chapter at press conferences. The time commitment varies during the year but is typically a few hours a month.  GRCs already exist in Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester, but we are looking for additional members.  We are also looking for both volunteers and potential leaders for GRCs we aim to establish in Binghamton and Syracuse.

    Aaron Ward
    518-464-0910
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  9. Advocacy

    Grasstops

    A Grasstops volunteer has a promising to significant level of connection to a decision maker and can help us build a grasstops relationship with that prominent figure.  The relationships is a close, personal connection, not merely a casual acquaintance and is the kind of relationship that can be leveraged on behalf of the Society and our mission.  We are looking for volunteers who have close personal and/or professional relationships with federal and state lawmakers, mayors, county and city officials, and/or their staff members.  Many of you may already have these close connections to federal, state, and/or local legislators, staff members, and other government employees and could become Grasstops volunteers.

    Aaron Ward
    518-464-0910
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  10. Advocacy

    General MS Advocates and Activists

    General MS Advocates and Activists are not members of the GRC nor are they Grasstsops, but they still play an integral role in Advocacy by their willingness to learn the issues, accompany staff on visits to federal and state lawmakers, and participate in other Advocacy activities such as handing out literature about Advocacy to participants at Walk MS, Bike MS, Monster Scramble, Research Nights, and other National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter fundraising events, activities, and programs and encouraging participants to sign up to become Advocacy volunteers, GRC members, and Grasstops.

    Aaron Ward
    518-464-0910
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  11. Volunteerism

    Volunteers Needed for Women Against MS Luncheon

    There are a number of volunteer opportunities at the WAMS Luncheon, including  auction monitor, check-in volunteer, set-up and clean-up. We would love to have you join us and help make this event a success.

    Albany, NY12204
    Katie Wells
    518-464-0850
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  12. Volunteerism

    MS Service Day - June

    Interested in volunteering?

    MS Service Day would not be possible without our teams of volunteers. These teams visit the homes of people who are living with multiple sclerosis and help with house projects, light housekeeping, yard work, and more.

    Recruit your family, friends, or co-workers to make a team of your own. Or, join a team that’s already formed. Make a difference in the life of someone living with MS. For a printable flyer click here.

    To request an application, or to learn more about MS Service Day, contact Deb Houck, Manager of Community Engagement, or click here to submit our MS Service Day volunteer registration form electonically. Click here for a printable form.

    Deb Houck
    800-344-4876 (press 2) ext. 70345
    Email
  13. Volunteerism

    MS Service Day - September

    Interested in volunteering?

    MS Service Day would not be possible without our teams of volunteers. These teams visit the homes of people who are living with multiple sclerosis and help with house projects, light housekeeping, yard work, and more.

    Recruit your family, friends, or co-workers to make a team of your own. Or, join a team that’s already formed. Make a difference in the life of someone living with MS. For a printable flyer click here.

    To request an application, or to learn more about MS Service Day, contact Deb Houck, Manager of Community Engagement, or click here to submit our MS Service Day volunteer registration form electonically. Click here for a printable form.

    Deb Houck
    800-344-4876 (press 2) ext. 70345
    Email
  14. Volunteerism

    Volunteers Needed for On the Move Luncheon

    Volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Ashley Greenman for more information.

    Ashley Greenman
    585-271-0805 x70322
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