Volunteer Opportunities - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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


  1. Fundraising Events

    Event Volunteers

    Volunteers are vital to the success of our special events. Their enthusiastic support, organization, and dedication is used to plan, organize and publicize our events and to assist staff on the day of the event. There are many volunteer opportunities available for each of our events.

    Volunteer jobs include, but are not limited to, rest stop assistance, first aid, sag wagons, registration, serving food and much, much more!

    To register as a volunteer for one of our events, call us or visit our Join an Event page to register as a volunteer
    Wisconsin Chapter Office
  2. Volunteerism

    Office Volunteers

    Our office is a very busy place, especially during the spring and summer. We are looking for volunteers at all skill levels to help with a variety of administrative work. Some examples of the ongoing work that we have are stuffing envelopes, copying, filing, answering phones, data entry or making phone calls to clients or supporters. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

    Wisconsin Chapter Office
  3. Volunteerism

    Chapter Programs

    The programs department helps individuals successfully meet the challenges of living with and coping with multiple sclerosis. The department offers educational services, counseling groups, referrals to community resources, advocacy programs and help with employment concerns. Contact the Wisconsin Chapter if you are interested in volunteering for one of our Chapter Programs.
    Wisconsin Chapter Office
  4. 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 1-2 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.

    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.

  5. Volunteerism

    Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps National Service Program - serving your country

    AmeriCorps, often referred to as a domestic Peace Corps, places individuals within communities to commit a year to serving others. Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach is a national service grantee.  Marshfield Clinic Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps places individuals with nonprofits across Wisconsin.
    Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps Program Description
    This program places individuals with nonprofit organizations across Wisconsin to build and strengthen volunteer programs. Individuals will receive focused training in volunteer management then assist with such tasks as: recruiting, training and supervising volunteers; creating volunteer handbooks, application forms, and brochures; writing position descriptions; updating website content and coordinating social media; and other (non-volunteer) tasks specific to the mission of the nonprofit.
    As AmeriCorp member with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society you will gain valuable experience learning about the planning and execution of fundraising events and volunteer management by working closely with the logistics, development, and volunteer management teams. You will assist in coordinating event logistics, finalizing event preparations, researching venues and providing volunteer trainings. You will have opportunities to recruit volunteers, a critical element of event planning and will work to coordinate volunteer schedules.  You will also have the opportunity to observe staff and learn how they coordinate with sponsors, participants and donors to plan and execute multiple large-scale events. 
    General Areas of Responsibilities:
    • Identify, communicate with and assist office, event and leadership volunteers
    • Mange recruitment, registration and training of Chapter and event volunteers
    • Plan special events/programs such as trainings, workshops and volunteer celebrations
    • Track volunteer activities, data and contact information in Chapter database
    The applicant must have excellent customer service skills and be detail-orientated. Strong organizational, time management and planning skills are a must. Prior experience in fundraising, event planning, volunteer coordination and managing events is helpful. Good oral and written communication skills are requested. Must have valid driver’s license.
    Period of Service:
    Monday, September 14, 2015 – August 31, 2016. (End date is negotiable)
    • $481.93 (gross before taxes) bi-weekly payroll for 52 weeks = $12,530 if a member serves the full service year
    • Health insurance – option to enroll with premium paid in full
    • Childcare assistance (if qualified)
    • $5,730 education award upon successful completion of the term of service 
    • Forbearance on qualified student loans and interest accrual payments while serving. (taxable)
    • Service gear
    • Work Experience and the development of highly sought job skills (initiative, interpersonal and intercultural communication, adaptability, collaboration and accountability)
    • Networking for career placement at all levels of the organization served, with partner organizations and throughout the community
    • Build value – in yourself and the position you serve.  Organizations often hire members after their term of service because they know what they’ve invest4ed in the member and what they will be receiving.
    Required Orientation & Training (expenses covered):
    September 14, 2015 – September 17, 2015
    January 11-12, 2016
    *All dates will be discussed in the interview
    What does it mean to serve?
    Applicants must be willing to serve for the duration of the term of service (1700 hours minimum), averaging approximately 32 - 40 hours a week.  Members must also be able to handle the financial commitment made by accepting the position. Applicants must be 19 years of age by September 14, 2015, possess a high school diploma or GED/HSED, and agree to criminal and Department of Motor Vehicles background checks.  
    How do I apply?
    Email your resume and cover letter to Lisa Turnacliff at Lisa.Turnacliff@nmss.org
  6. Fundraising Events

    Planning Teams

    Did you know that every Walk MS event is planned and run by local volunteers committed to helping people affected by multiple sclerosis? As a Walk MS planning team member, you can help make your community’s Walk MS a success by playing a critical role in the details of the event.
    Areas for participation include developing a safe, accessible and scenic walk route; organizing rentals and in-kind donations; promoting the walk by distributing materials/posters and working with your local media; recruiting, assigning and training volunteers for the event; setting up and overseeing everything on Walk Day; or networking with participants, volunteers and sponsors. Attending regular planning meeting is required. 
    Learn more by contacting Ashley Wissinger, 262-369-4426 or Kristin Raeber, 262-369-4436 for details.
    Ashley Wissinger


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