Volunteer Opportunities - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The Blue Ridge Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in western Virginia, the state of West Virginia, and 7 counties in Kentucky and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


  1. Volunteerism

    MS Ambassador

    Help raise awareness in your community and engage people in the movement to create a world free of MS! MS Ambassadors attend health fairs and community events, identify opportunities to raise awareness. make presentations and represent the Society at community events.

    MS Ambassador Position Description

    Carrie Dahlquist
  2. Volunteerism


    Are you a skilled photographer or videographer? Whether photography is a hobby or a career, you can join the movement by helping create a record of our programs and events.

    Photographer/Videographer Position Description
    Carrie Dahlquist
  3. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS: Tour De Vine Committee

    Volunteers are vital to the success of Bike MS: Tour De Vine. While avid cyclists are encouraged to help, being on a bike is NOT a prerequisite to be on the committee or volunteer! There is a place for everyone: you can help plan logistics, create a fun atmosphere at the start/finish line, promote the mission of the Society, recruit teams, organize volunteer groups or volunteer the day of the event.

    Rest Stop Captain
    Mission Engagement Chair
    Route Signage


    Ben Vucic
  4. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Planning Volunteers

    You know your community so who is better to grow Walk MS than YOU are? Recruit teams and volunteers, identify opportunities to raise awareness and help with logistics details. 

    Carrie Dahlquist
  5. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS: Country Roads Ride

    Bike MS: Country Roads Ride is seeking volunteers to help plan logistics, recruit teams and volunteers and build mission awareness. Cyclists are welcome but you don't need to ride to make a difference!

    Victoria Paul
  6. Volunteerism

    Administrative Support Specialist

    Put your organizational, computer and administrative skills to work to create a world free of MS! Volunteers are needed to assist with projects at various times throughout the year.

    Administrative Support Specialist Position Description

    Carrie Dahlquist
  7. Volunteerism

    District Activist Leader

    Have you met with your elected official and shared how MS affects you? Are you interested in growing this relationship to keep people with MS are front of mind as he or she considers legislation? Lead the way in your community by becoming a volunteer District Activist Leader.

    As a District Activist Leader, you will build and foster critical relationships with the elected officials in your legislative district. You will serve as a liaison between these officials and the Society, helping to develop a reliable grassroots movement across the state and the country.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Take a leadership role in engaging with elected officials via multiple avenues to help foster a relationship between MS activists and elected officials.
    • Collaborate with your State’s Government Relations Committee
    • Attend MS State Action Days and/or Public Policy Conference when possible
    • Receive elected official’s email/mail communications
    • Monitor and track the elected official’s district activities and public events
    • Attend town hall meetings and other public forums to engage on issues that impact people affected by MS
    • Help build the MS movement’s profile of elected officials by providing key biographical data and information to Society government relations staff
    • Conduct in-district legislative visits when needed
    • Complete on-going training
    • Raise awareness of MS policy issues by utilizying multiple media strategies


    • Responsible and reliable
    • Able to communicate respectfully and use good judgment
    • Able to represent MS movement position on local, state and federal issues
    • Comfortable with public speaking
    • Strong Interpersonal skills
    • Strong leadership and organizational skills
    • Good note-taking and ablity to follow-up
    • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel, internet)
    • Interest in growing Social Media skills to connect with elected officials
    • Able to travel to and from district meetings/events

    Time Commitment:

    This is an ongoing position requiring a time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per month (some months more and some months less depending on legislative cycles) for a minimum of two years. Regular calls and meetings with Society government relations staff will be required to discuss progress and strategize next steps. (in-person or by phone).

    Education and Support:

    Training and support will be provided by Society staff as well as other volunteer leaders


    To volunteer, complete a volunteer registration form.  A regional Advocacy staff member will contact you with next steps.


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