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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. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Volunteer Positions

    Volunteer Check-in Tent:  Direct volunteers to their assignments, answer any questions about volunteering, and hand out volunteer t-shirts.  Make sure all waivers are complete. Shift times vary.
     
    Registration and T-Shirts:  Register and check-in walkers and teams, collect waivers and fill out prize vouchers, and hand out t-shirts to participants who qualify. Training is provided prior to event.  
     
    Food Tent: Set-up food at appropriate times, restock and manage table.  
     
    Greeters: Help welcome walkers and teams as they arrive and direct them to where they need to go. This is an important position, as it provides the first point of contact for walkers. Some greeters may also be asked to be flexible and fill-in where needed. 
     
    Route Monitors: Help assure walkers are on the right route by holding flags and cheering them on. Please bring whatever you would like to help inspire and cheer on the walkers, such as clappers, pom-poms, signs, etc. Volunteers in this position will need to be able to stand for several hours and be able to walk the route.  This position is great for pairs and small groups.
     
    Rest Stops: Volunteers will meet the delivery truck at their pre-determined rest stop and will set-up supplies such as tables, food and water. Volunteers are also encouraged to help cheer on the walkers as they pass. Help clean up the stop when the walk is over. This position is great for groups.
     
    Delivery Support: Drive a cargo van and drop of rest stop supplies prior to and after the Walk. Be available for any last minute deliveries that may arise. A DMV background check is required.
     
    Finish Line Cheerers: Cheer on walkers as they finish the walk. This position is great for groups.  
     
    Set-Up and Tear-Down: Help set up for the event and break down when the event is over.
     
    Event Photographer: Capture those exciting moments by taking photos of the event at start and finish, and out on the route during the event. You will need your own equipment.
     
    Team Tent Photographer: Take photos of teams as they check in at the Teams Tent. You will need your own equipment.
     
     
    For more information, contact janis.kramer@nmss.org or call 503.445.8356.

    OR97239
    Janis Kramer
    503.445.8356
    Email
  3. 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
  4. Fundraising Events

    Development Intern

    TITLE:  Development Intern                      
    DEPARTMENT:   Development
    REPORTS TO:  Janis Kramer. Manager, Volunteer Engagement
    LOCATION:  Oregon Chapter Office
    TIME COMMITMENT:  15-20 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.
    Working in the Development department, the Development Intern will be responsible for assisting with the general development functions including sponsor relations, administrative, relationship and fundraising support for all events.   The intern will provide event support to the Development Team and assist with distribution, recruitment, and fundraising.

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

    Major Events, including Walk MS, Bike MS, Gala MS, League of Awesome
    • Support the Event Manager with incoming calls and requests regarding Walk MS and Bike MS
    • Complete training and utilize nationally used customer service software.
    • Mail Walk MS supplies and recruitment materials as requested.
    • Attend meetings and assist with follow-up tasks as needed.
    • Assist with ongoing mailing projects (save the date cards, sponsorship materials, event invitations, etc.
    • Will include administrative as well as strategic activities
    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 walkers to collect fundraising and recruitment success stories to feature online during Walk MS campaign
    • Support Walk MS campaign goals by conducting phone calls during Walk MS Team Weeks designed to engage walkers in fundraising and recruitment efforts
    • Assist in developing prospect lists of neighborhood, university, corporate, and other groups for event recruitment
    Office Support
    • Utilize databases (Data Warehouse and Convio) for ongoing records retention
    • Learn Purchasing program, EPro and manage incoming invoices and payments
    • Print and send all weekly acknowledgement letters
    • Keep updated online and paper files organized
    • Other duties as assigned

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
    • 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, especially Excel
    • Possess great written and verbal communication skills and the ability to do in-depth research
    • Ability to coordinate multiple deadline-driven tasks
    • Ability to effectively communicate to various sizes of target audiences/groups
    • Ability to work part of a team or independently
    • Must be willing to ask questions, think creatively, and brainstorm for fun new ideas

    BENEFITS
    • Gain relevant work experience in the development/fundraising events 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
    • 15 – 20 hours 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 @ janis.kramer@nmss,org
     
    OR mail to:
     
                      National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter
                      Attention:  Janis Kramer, Manager, Volunteer Engagement & Logistics
                      5331 SW Macadam Avenue, Ste. 290,
                      Portland, OR 97239

    Application deadline:  Spring - March 31 / Summer – May 31
    Portland, OR97239
    Janis Kramer
    503.445.8356
    Email
  5. 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
     
    Application deadline:   Spring – March 31   Summer:  May 31
    Portland, OR97239
    Janis Kramer
    503-445-8356
    Email

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