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The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky, and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


  1. Volunteerism

    Programs Advisory Committee (PAC)

    The Programs Advisory Committee (PAC) works with chapter staff to develop, execute, and evaluate programs and services. Members of the PAC, including healthcare and community professionals, as well as those living with multiple sclerosis, make recommendations based on their knowledge of MS, the clients served by the chapter, and the chapter’s resources.


    Eric Garmon
  2. Volunteerism

    Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC)

    The Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of neurologists, nurses, and other health care professionals who oversee the chapter’s medically related programs and advise on topics relating to the clinical care of people with multiple sclerosis. CAC members also act as chapter spokespersons on medical topics.

    Sherri Ellis
  3. Volunteerism

    Pro Bono Opportunities

    Are you a legal professional? A budding graphic designer? A talented writer? We welcome individuals who would like to do pro bono work with the Chapter.


    Deborah Richards
  4. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS Event Committee

    The Bike MS Committee helps organize and develop the chapter’s Bike MS events. Committee members assist with event logistics, securing sponsorships and in-kind donations, acquisition of new cyclists, volunteering at training rides or other sporting events to promote upcoming Bike MS events, recruitment of volunteers and mentoring participants. The time commitment is once a month for Committee meetings, some Saturdays at bike shop training rides or other sporting events, and the weekend of the event.

    Karla McCarraher
  5. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Event Committee

    The Walk MS Committee helps organize and develop the chapter’s Walk MS events. Committee members assist in the coordination of team captain recruitment, training and support, securing sponsorship and vendor commitments, mentoring participants with fundraising, distribution of marketing materials in local communities as well as a variety of event day set up and clean up.

    Clare Lorio
  6. Fundraising Events

    Women on the Move Event Committee

    The Women on the Move Committee helps organize and plan the chapter’s Women on the Move events. Committee members assist with venue and food selection, coordination of event logistics, securing sponsorship and in-kind donations, obtaining silent auction items, marketing the event, decorating and breaking down the room day of and assisting with the honoree process.

    Phil Licking, Development Manager
  7. Volunteerism

    Self Help Group Leader

    Peer-led self help groups provide much needed support to people living with multiple sclerosis and those who love them. Monthly meetings and valuable connections could not occur without the dynamic leadership of group facilitators. The National MS Society supports interested volunteers through trainings, funding, staff support and communications.

    Eric Garmon
  8. Volunteerism


    Build real-world skills while helping to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. The Virginia - West  Virginia Chapter is looking for qualified full or part time college students to intern. Internships are available in a variety of fields. Academic credit/community service credit is available.

    Available Internships:

    • Business Administration
    • Client Programs/Social Work/Health & Human Services
    • Communications/Public Relations/Marketing
    • Corporate Relations
    • Special Events
    • Volunteer Program Management
    Casey Kasko
  9. 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.

    Ashley Kenneth
  10. Fundraising Events

    Walk MS Volunteer

    Volunteers are critical to our success! Several opportunities are available to support our upcoming fundraising events and we would love to have you volunteer.


    • Registration
    • Greeter
    • Route Support (SAG) Driver
    • Rest Stop
    • Professional (ie: dj services, musician)
    • Photography
    • Medic Support – CPR Certified
    • Finish Line Celebration
    • Set-up
    • Break Down
    Deborah Richards
  11. Fundraising Events

    Bike MS Volunteer

    Volunteers are critical to our success! Several opportunities are available to support our upcoming fundraising events and we would love to have you volunteer.


    • Set-up
    • Breakdown
    • Rest Stop
    • Food Servers
    • Truck/Driver / Route Support
    • SAG Driver
    • Volunteer Information Support
    • Luggage Handler
    • Finish Line Cheerleaders
    • Parking Attendant
    • Professional (ie: massage therapist, musician)
    Deborah Richards


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