Volunteer Opportunities - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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


  1. Volunteerism

    MS Ambassador

    MS Ambassadors are a group of dedicated volunteers that spread the word about MS and the programs and services offered by the National MS Society. These volunteers educate, engage and encourage others to Join the Movement® to create a world free of MS.
    MS Ambassadors expertly represent the Society’s movement toward a world free of MS by mobilizing the community and increasing public understanding, awareness and education of MS. Ambassadors have a variety of responsibilities:
    • Educate the general public about MS, the Society and Chapter activities by participating in local health fairs, visiting community/civic groups, public speaking opportunities and media appearances.
    • Attend Chapter programs, fundraising events, and Walk MS and Bike MS team fundraisers/kick-offs to talk about the Society and Oregon Chapter.
    • Advocate locally and nationally for issues that impact the MS community.
    • Recruit new volunteers and participants for Chapter activities.
    • Participate in MS Awareness Week activities.
    Janis Kramer
  2. Volunteerism

    Professional Volunteer

    A professional volunteer is a volunteer who does one or more of the following:

    • Takes charge of a project, program, event, training, or serves on a committee
    • Shares their professional skills in areas such as finance, technology, law, graphic design, marketing, etc. 
    • Coordinates their assignment and is accountable for its success
    • Communicates the details of their assignment and serves as a resource for other volunteers
    • Organizes, leads and inspires volunteers before, during and after their assignment
    • May initiate new projects



    Janis Kramer
  3. Fundraising Events

    Development Intern - Summer 2016

    TITLE: Development Intern – Summer 2016
    DEPARTMENT: Development
    REPORTS TO: Janis Kramer, Community Engagement Manager
    LOCATION: Oregon Chapter Office
    TIME COMMITMENT: 15 – 20 hours per week
    Our mission at the National MS Society is to mobilize people and resources, to drive research for a cure, and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. 
    As a Summer Intern, depending on when you begin, you will be part of a crucial role to assist with meticulous planning and preparation of either Walk MS in nine locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, or Bike MS in Monmouth, OR. Both events are large fundraisers and require a solid foundation of planning. Tasks include reserving equipment rentals, updating permits, tracking invoices, assisting the Event Managers, booking entertainment, contacting community calendars, confirming logistics, preparation of risk management documents, assisting with website inquires, assigned responsibilities for day of event, and more. You will find this position rewarding through the relationships you make with participants, and the execution of the events. Through your efforts you will be supporting more than 8,100 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington living with MS.
    Customer Service and Relations
    - Support the Event Managers with incoming calls and requests
    - Complete telephone training and utilize nationally used customer service software
    - Mail event supplies and recruitment materials as requested
    Update progress and timeline through online project management software Fundraising and Campaign Support
    - Procure prize donations to be used as team incentives during fundraising campaign competitions
    - Conduct phone calls and send emails to select participants to collect fundraising and recruitment success stories to feature online during event campaigns
    - Support campaign goals by conducting phone calls during Team Weeks designed to engage participants in fundraising and recruitment efforts
    - Assist in developing prospect list of neighborhood, university, corporate, and other groups for event recruitment
    - Ability to represent the National MS Society in a professional manner
    - Ability to engage others in conversation and solicit needed information
    - Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
    - Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
    Ability to coordinate multiple deadline-driven tasks
    - Ability to work part of a team or independently
    15-20 hours per week through Mid-August 2016. Must divide hours to come in the office at least two times a week or more and be available for the weekend events
    Interested applicants should send an application, resume, and cover letter to:

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter
    Attention: Janis Kramer, Community Engagement Manager
    5331 SW Macadam Avenue, Ste. 290, Portland, OR 97239
    Questions? Contact Janis.
    Application deadline: April 29, 2016
    Download internship description here.
    Portland, OR97306
    Janis Kramer


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