Volunteer Orientation - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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Volunteer Orientation

About multiple sclerosis, the Society and the variety of volunteer opportunities available.


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It's important to us that each and every one of the tens of thousands of volunteer contributors to the MS movement are knowledgeable about the National MS Society. Please enjoy the resources below!

Volunteer Orientation video

About multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men; MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors.

MS the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. For more information, see Just the Facts (pdf), watch our popular What is MS? (video) and review FAQ about MS.

About the National MS Society

With one woman's simple act seeking to help her brother, the National MS Society was founded. The Society is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, with legal and fiduciary responsibilities for overseeing Society goals and business operations (including our 50-state network of chapters), and by the Executive Leadership Team, and the Senior Leadership Team composed of department and regional Executive Vice Presidents. Shared values guide our work and our actions on a daily basis; we embrace and celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Our mission is to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Our vision is a world free of MS.

We help people living with MS move their lives forward: Watch now (video), connect with others or learn about resources

We fund research: Watch NOW (video) or read more. We fundraise: Watch now (video) or learn more

We advocate: Watch now (video) or read more

We mobilize volunteers, like you, who are passionate about our mission.

Connect as a volunteer

You are a vital resource in the MS movement! First, complete a volunteer application so you can:

  • Share your professional expertise
  • Use your special talents
  • Give your time
  • Learn a new skill
  • Connect others to the MS movement

Browse opportunities in your area.

Once you complete the volunteer application or sign up for a volunteer opportunity in your area, a staff member will contact you to discuss your interests. 

The staff member will also personally review with you the Society’s Code of Conduct, confidentiality and privacy standards of the Society and  will share with you other ways you can be involved. 

We look forward to helping you get started using your skills to power the MS movement!