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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.

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  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
    503.445.8356
    Email
  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
    503.445.8356
    Email
  3. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS Volunteer Positions

    Event Dates: August 4-6, 2017

    Set-up: Set-up volunteers will assist with unloading of supplies from delivery trucks, hang banners and signs, place directional arrows and signage in and around rider village, set up the hydration station, and decorate, decorate, decorate.

    Registration: Check in participants, collect waivers, retrieves their rider packet (bibs, wrist bands, etc.), their t-shirt or jersey and their prize voucher. Must be friendly and quick-thinking. Welcome participants and be ready to answer questions. Training is provided and is built into the volunteer shift and there will be a mandatory training prior to the event.

    Rider Village Support: Support volunteers are the backbone of Rider Village. Volunteers will be assisting with a number of tasks that can include monitoring a water station at the finish line, watching over the bike corral, assisting with trash pick-up and restocking of restroom supplies, cheering at the finish line, answering questions , and handing out route maps at the information tent just to name a few.

    Critical Intersections: Very important role that keeps our riders safe and having fun. Stationed along the route at key safety areas, volunteers will alert and notify riders of any upcoming traffic hazards or areas where riders should dismount.

    Rest Stop Support: Rest Stop volunteers will be positioned at pre-designated rest stops along the route. Volunteers will help organize supplies, help with the set-up and tear-down of the tent, chairs, tables and food. Most rest stops will also have a HAM radio volunteer and a first aid volunteer...say hello and introduce yourself. Not only will participants be coming by your rest stop, but other volunteers will as well. We will have plenty of food on hand, so please share your stock with riders and all volunteers. Each rest stop will have a seasoned rest stop captain. They will help answer questions and guide you through your day.

    SAG Driver: As a part of the SAG (Support and Gear) Team, volunteers will drive a rented van along the route providing road side assistance to participants who are in need of transport to the nearest rest stop or back to rider village. SAG’s will also assist with general course safety including replacing missing signage, delivering supplies to rest stops, or tracking down lost cyclists. Each SAG vehicle will also include one volunteer HAM radio operator who will be monitoring the event.

    Medical/First Aid: Provide basic first aid to participants, staff, and volunteers as needed. Safety training will be provide at check-in. Locations—Rider Village and at rest stops on the route. First aid volunteers will be in constant contact with HAM radio operators and will be able to dispatch for additional care if needed.

    HAM/Communications: HAM radio operators will be positioned at Western Oregon University, at specific rest stops along the route, and in each SAG vehicle. Operators will monitor the event for safety throughout the course of the event weekend.

    Start/Finish Line Crew: Cheer on, congratulate and thank cyclists as they lead into and cross the finish line. The final shift on Saturday is especially important as we have lots of riders who come in later in the day!

    Hydration Crew: The Hydration Crew is responsible for stocking and serving water, electrolytes, and sports drinks to all participants including riders, staff, volunteers, family and friends. Drive a Kubota around Rider Village as you restock! Volunteers should be able to lift heavy water containers. Also be responsible for monitoring trash and recycling at the designated areas.

    Meal Service: Assist WOU staff with set-up of tables (Sat dinner and Sun BBQ). There will be no cooking involved. Assist with the clean-up process.

    Clean-Up Crew: Support event host volunteers/staff leads as needed, Keep an eye the trash cans; replace any bags that are getting ¾ full - We recycle! Consolidate all of the supplies, consolidate all non-perishable unused food items, load the supply truck, and fold up all tables and chairs.

    For more information, contact janis.kramer@nmss.org or call 503.445.8356.

    Monmouth, OR97361
    Janis Kramer
    503.445.8356
    Email
  4. Volunteerism

    Volunteer Engagement Intern

    TITLE:  Volunteer Engagement Intern
    DEPARTMENT:   Community Engagement
    REPORTS TO:  Janis Kramer, Community Engagement Manager
    LOCATION:  Oregon Chapter Office
    TIME COMMITMENT:  8-12 hours per week
     
    JOB SUMMARY
    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. We keep our communities moving forward by breaking down barriers and providing opportunities so that everyone who wants to do something about MS can contribute.
    As the Volunteer Engagement Intern you will be part of a crucial role to work directly with the Community Engagement Manager to assist with the Chapter volunteer engagement program.  Tasks include volunteer recruitment, recognition, and training, database management, and other organizational tasks that will assist in the day-to-day coordination of the volunteer program.
    You will find this position rewarding through the relationships you make with volunteers and the execution of the event.  Through your efforts you will be supporting more than 8,100 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington living with MS.
     
    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Assist with volunteer recruitment, recognition, and training
    • Conduct outreach to community, civic, and fair groups
    • Develop volunteer position descriptions
    • Support lead volunteer program
    • Attend volunteer and community fairs
    • Manage volunteer database and files
    • Assist other departments as necessary
    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
    • Ability to represent the National MS Society in a professional manner
    • Must be phone and internet research savvy
    • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Great written and verbal communication skills
    • Must be personable and outgoing
    • Ability to effectively communicate to various sizes of target audiences/groups
    • Ability to work part of a team or independently
    BENEFITS
    • Gain relevant work experience in the development and community engagement field
    • Opportunity to learn about multiple sclerosis and the leading national organization supporting people impacted by MS and advancing MS research
    TRAINING & EVALUATION
    • Ongoing training, supervision and support
    • Regular evaluation is provided and is based on the accomplishment of the agreed upon objectives and overall job performance. Intern will have the opportunity to give feedback about their own performance and support needed from the Chapter 
    LENGTH OF COMMITMENT
    • Must divide hours to come into the office at least two - three times per week
    SALARY LEVEL
    • Unpaid – for credit
    CONFIDENTIALITY
    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has an obligation to safeguard the confidential nature of personal information and shall not disclose, in an individually identifiable way, information about a particular person without the person’s expressed authorization. All volunteers are expected to safeguard confidential information to the degree that their volunteer position is given access to the identity and details of persons living with multiple sclerosis and their families.
     
    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
    • Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to: 
                      Janis Kramer, Community Engagement Manager @ janis.kramer@nmss,org
     
    OR mail to:
                      National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter
                      Attention:  Janis Kramer, Community Engagement Manager
                      5331 SW Macadam Avenue, Ste. 290,
                      Portland, OR 97239
     
    Portland, OR97239
    Janis Kramer
    503-445-8356
    Email

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