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


  1. 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.

Volunteers Opportunties

Event Volunteers:

All chapter events, from Walk MS to Bike MS, owe a great deal of their success to the strength of the volunteers that make them possible. View other chapter events on our Fundraising Event page.

Walk MS Events

Walk MS: Midland April 28, 2018

Walk MS: Wyandotte May 05, 2018

Walk MS: Detroit May 06, 2018

Walk MS: Frankenmuth May 12, 2018

Walk MS: St. Clair May 12, 2018

Walk MS: Grand Rapids May 19, 2018

Walk MS: Kalamazoo May 19, 2018

Walk MS: Lansing May 19, 2018

Walk MS: Holland June 09, 2018

Walk MS: Dexter June 23, 2018

Walk MS: Rochester June 23, 2018

Walk MS: Traverse City June 23, 2018

Walk MS: Grand Haven September 08, 2018

Walk MS: Milford September 08, 2018

Bike MS Events

Bike MS: Great Lakes West Michigan Breakaway June 09, 2018

Bike MS: Mid Michigan Great Lakes Breakaway July 21, 2018

Bike MS: Great Lakes Fall Breakaway September 08, 2018

Bike MS: Great Lakes Bavarian Breakaway September 29, 2018


Professional Volunteers:

Volunteers across the country volunteer their professional knowledge and resources to help the National MS Society create a world free of MS.

For more information on Event Volunteers or Professional Volunteers call 1-800-344-4867 or complete the volunteer application and a staff member will contact you to discuss your interests, and review the Society’s Code of Conduct, confidentiality and privacy standards.

Planning Committees and Leadership Volunteers:

Programs and fundraising events are made possible because of the commitment and leadership of volunteers who work with chapter staff to plan recruit fundraise and coordinate the Society's efforts to create a world free of MS.

Research & Advocacy Volunteers:

Research Advocacy volunteers are local champion for the National MS Society Research Mission. They share information about advances in biomedical research and promote the Society's research programs.

Self Help Group Leaders:

Self help groups bring people together who share a common life experience (living with MS) and provide personal support and education.

Gateway Facilitators:

Our Gateway to Wellness programs for people with MS provide 6 sessions that focus on exercise, discussion and activities to promote wellness, self-management and balance in lifestyle. If you are a health professional who wants to join a team of facilitators in presenting these sessions then this opportunity is for you.

Friendly Listener:

The Friendly Listening Program is a telephone network for people with MS who want support from their peers. Trained volunteers with MS make weekly calls to listen, provide support and suggest community resources.

Other Ways to get Involved:

You can volunteer by organizing your own fundraiser or by getting your company involved in the fight againt MS. Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to download a volunteer application
To speak to a chapter representative about a volunteer opportunity that is right for you, please contact Abby Higgins at 248-936-0363 or



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