Volunteers across the country contribute resources, time, knowledge, skills and leadership that infuse the organization with energy and passion that will move us closer to achieving a world free of MS. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and mobility levels offer their resources, time, knowledge, skills and leadership without monetary profit to fulfill a defined responsibility in support of the mission and help others. Volunteers are involved in everything, from helping with mailings, fundraising events, to participating on committees and boards. You can work from home, via phone or internet, in an office or at events.
If you have the desire to get involved and be part of making a positive difference, consider volunteering with the Pacific South Coast Chapter. We have a wide variety of flexible opportunities, both short-term and ongoing. Use your skills to:
- Help organize or promote a fundraising event
- Become a volunteer captain and work hand-in-hand with chapter staff
- Assist with office duties
- Take on creative projects outside the office
- Become a friendly visitor to someone who is living with MS
- Take action and advocate on behalf of the MS community
- Become an activist for affordable, accessible housing
Benefits of Volunteering
- meet new people and have fun
- receive training and professional development
- gain or enhance leadership, communication, problem solving, and team building skills
- enhance your resume
- become part of the movement to do something about MS!
Volunteers are a driving force of the MS movement. Join the movement today and use your gifts of time and talent to enhance the lives of those living with MS. For more information about volunteering, please browse the links at the left or contact Linda.Ingram@nmss.org at 760-448-8416.
Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should I expect when volunteering at the chapter?
A. Volunteers are given a position description, orientation, and on-going training. All volunteers work directly with trained staff to ensure that their assignments are compatible with their interests, skills and availability.
Q. Can I complete community service hours for my school/service organization through the National MS Society?
A. Yes, there are a number of opportunities throughout the year for you to help. Spread the news to your friends and co-workers – we have opportunities for everyone! Use the Fundraising Events link at the left to learn more, or contact Linda.Ingram@nmss.org at 760-448-8416.
Q. Can my school/community service group “adopt” the National MS Society?
A. Yes, every year the Society needs assistance before, during and after its special events. There are also opportunities for direct interaction with people living with MS at programs held throughout the year. If your group is interested in raising money for a charity and wants to make the Society the recipient of the funds, use the Fundraising Events link at the left to learn more, or contact Linda.Ingram@nmss.org or 760-448-8416.
Q. The organization I work for/belong to has a “community day” during which employees/members spend an entire day working on behalf of a community service project. Is there a way to include the Society in this community day?
A. Yes, the Society has many opportunities for groups who wish to donate volunteer time. Quite frequently there are major office tasks that require the assistance of a large number of volunteers. In addition, we need groups to help with tasks outside the confines of our office. Whatever time you have – we will accommodate you! For more information, use the Fundraising Events link at the left to learn more, or contact Linda.Ingram@nmss.org or 760-448-8416.
Q. Do I have to volunteer a set number of hours? Is there a time limit on the number of hours I can volunteer?
A. There are no set hours. We can work around your schedule. Opportunities exist during the week and on weekends. For more information, use the Fundraising Events link at the left to learn more, or contact Linda.Ingram@nmss.org or 760-448-8416.
Q. How do I learn about volunteering on the Pacific South Coast Chapter’s Board of Trustees?
A. The Pacific South Coast Chapter is always looking for community-minded activists from all backgrounds and all communities to join the organization’s volunteer leadership. For more information, contact Linda.Ingram@nmss.org at 760-448-8416.