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


  1. Advocacy

    Advocacy Volunteer

    Advocacy Volunteers provide administrative support for a number of advocacy efforts. Duties may include researching, compiling, and maintaining lists of volunteers, elected officials, and relevant legislative information as well as assisting with social media updates.

  2. Volunteerism

    District Activist Leader

    District Activist Leaders (DAL's) are leaders for the National MS Society's advocacy platforms. They effectively engage with elected officials via multiple avenues to help foster a relationship between MS activists and elected officials. They also attend MS State Action Day and/or Public Policy Conferences when possible.
  3. Volunteerism

    Scholarship Review Committee Volunteer

    Scholarship Review Committee Volunteers will join a team comprised of members of the Chapter community. As a group, team members will review and rank scholarship applications, participate in team meetings, finalize rankings, and recommend top scholars. 
  4. Volunteerism

    Caring Connections Volunteer

    A Caring Connection volunteer spends time each week visiting with a person with MS who is living in a licensed care facility or calling an individual who is homebound and unable to go out into the community. Provide companionship and emotional support, connect the individual to the outside world, and engage in social interactions.
  5. Fundraising Events

    Fundraising Day-of Event Volunteer

    Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help the Special Events team at major fundraising events including WalkMS, BikeMS, MuckFest and Challenge Walk in order to guarantee their success. Possible responsibilities include registration and check-in, event set-up and break-down, medical support, and much more!
    Garrett Vander Leun
    310-479-4456 ext. 66148
  6. Volunteerism

    General Office Volunteer

    Volunteers will assist the Programs and Services team in data entry and other administrative tasks that are crucial in helping the chapter enter various facets of member information in a timely and efficient manner. A request for assistance will usually be made one to two weeks in advance. Since only 2-3 volunteers are needed at a time, a waitlist will be available for those interested in the position. Individuals will be called based on order of the waitlist.
  7. Advocacy

    MS Ambassador

    As a spokesperson for the chapter and Society, Ambassadors are grassroots volunteers that can spread the word about MS in their community. Their knowledge about the chapter’s advocacy, support, research, and fundraising gives Ambassadors the chance to increase the capacity of the chapter moving the Society closer to achieving its mission. They also play a critical role in communicating the availability of vital chapter programs and services to people with MS and their families, the general public and to the healthcare community.
  8. Fundraising Events

    Special Events Office Volunteer

    Volunteers will assist the Development team in preparing for major upcoming fundraising events by providing general office support in the months leading up to the event. A request for assistance will usually be made one to two weeks in advance. Since only 2-3 volunteers are needed at a time, a waitlist will be available for those interested in the position. Individuals will be called based on order of the waitlist. 
    Garrett Vander Leun
    310-479-4456 ext. 66148
  9. Volunteerism

    Self-Help Group Facilitator or Co-Facilitator

    Self-Help Group Leaders and Co-Facilitators serve as a liaison between the Chapter and self-help group members. Using the Self-Help Group Charter and Toolbox to guide meetings, they plan and facilitate meetings, group discusions, and offer a safe place for people with MS to connect with one another.
  10. Volunteerism

    Leadership Volunteer

    Join the National MS Society in a leadership role within your community. We have several key leadership opportunities to best utilize your skills and leverage any connections in partnership with the Society including, but not limited to, serving on the Board of Trustees, a Community Council, or chairing a position on an Event Leadership Team. 
    Jennifer Parkinson
    310-479-4456 ext. 66107
  11. Fundraising Events

    Special Events Intern

    Help support 13 special events which raise more than $3 million annually for programs, services, research. Duties may include recruiting entertainment for event festivals, securing in-kind donations, managing expo vendors, events administration, inventory control, and other tasks as needed.
    Sarah Hanson
    310-479-4456 ext. 66141


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