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Volunteers and the National MS Society

When one woman — Sylvia Lawry — took action to get help for her brother, the National MS Society was founded. Since then, volunteers have fueled our mission in various ways:

  • Sharing professional expertise
  • Using special talents
  • Giving time
  • Learning new skills
  • Connecting others to the MS movement
volunteer orientation video
Learn more about the experience of volunteering for us through this 3-minute video and the descriptions below. When you’re ready to get involved, complete the volunteer application and someone will be in touch with you. 

Ways to volunteer

Society volunteers share their talents, build their skillsets, create memories and make a difference! Whatever your goals and your comfort zone, we have an opportunity for you.

Advocacy

Share your story and make sure your legislators vote with the needs of people living with MS in mind. Become an MS Activist, join the MS Activist Network, become a part of your local Government Relations Advisory Committee (GRAC) and attend the Public Policy Conference and/or State Action Days

Community Engagement

Get involved with ongoing initiatives that offer support, education and programs for the MS Community. Opportunities include engaging and building connections with the Black MS community, the Latinx and Hispanic MS community, those newly diagnosed with MS, children and teens with MS, Veterans and others.

Events 

Our events are not possible without volunteers. We accept all ages and abilities and can accommodate groups (numbers vary by event). You can join us as a volunteer at Walk MS, Bike MS, leadership events, Challenge Walk MS or even do your own fundraiser! Volunteer opportunities vary by event, so look up special events near you to learn more.  

In-Office Support

From mailings and packet building for events to data projects and storage organization, our offices have a variety of needs throughout the year. Email VolunteerMS@nmss.org to learn more.

Internships

An internship with the National MS Society gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply knowledge and theory in a professional setting and develop new skills. Internships are designed for each student’s background. Find Society internships on our Careers site or email Internships@nmss.org.

MS Ambassadors

As representatives of the Society, MS Ambassadors work in their communities to promote collaboration, innovation, diverse perspectives and, most of all, a relentless resolve to help people with MS live their best lives. MS Ambassadors engage volunteers to represent the Society and serve as an extension of staff. To learn more, visit the MS Ambassador page or email MSAmbassador@nmss.org.

Peer Connections

In this peer-led program, volunteers directly provide support and resources. Peer Connections Volunteers include MSFriends, self-help group leaders, online MS community volunteers and more. These volunteer opportunities may require training. To learn more, visit the Peer Connections page or email PeerConnections@nmss.org.

Opportunities to engage are not limited to those listed here. To sign up to volunteer or learn more, email VolunteerMS@nmss.org or complete the volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

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