Key Responsibilities: Serve as liaison between group members and the MS Society, assuring that group complies with Society self-help group standards. Secure accessible meeting space; determine meeting times and topics (with staff assistance). Open and facilitate group discussion, encourage participation of all members. Together with group members, plan and implement meeting agenda, including inviting guest speakers, using the disclaimer appropriately, planning special programs, organizing activities and refreshments, procuring videos, tapes, hand-out materials, etc. Develop and implement group communication plan. Qualifications: Dedication to the MS Society’s mission, a personal relationship with MS, and a desire to make a difference for those living with MS. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Personable, empathetic and welcoming personality with strong communication, facilitation, motivational and organizational skills. Consistent participation in on-going education efforts; willingness to learn. Knowledge of Internet/e-mail technologies and equipment. Engagement in or support of Society-wide activities (e.g. Walk MS®, advocacy, etc.). Education & Support: Orientation/program education provided by staff prior to forming/assuming responsibility of group. Each self-help group leader will receive a copy of Guidelines for Managing Self-Help Groups: A Manual for National MS Society Self-Help Group Leaders. Staff partner will be available via phone and e-mail for collaboration and guidance. Group members will be available to support activities as well. Time Committment: Minimum one-year commitment required 3-6 hours/month for planning, communication and facilitation of monthly meetings To minimize time commitment, shared leadership is highly recommended If interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Hannah Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-694-3249.