Upstate New York Chapter


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We Couldn’t Do It Without You

Thank you for your interest in connecting with others as a volunteer at Walk MS. The success of Walk MS is directly related to the wonderful volunteers who help make the event a great experience. We welcome volunteers with a wide range of skills, talents, abilities and interests. Families, corporate groups and individuals are welcome to participate.

Your donation of time is greatly appreciated and needed to create successful events. From pre-event planning to day-of implementation, it takes hundreds of volunteers to make Walk MS successful.

The only requirement we have of you is a sincere desire to help us end MS forever.

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Volunteer Positions

Below are examples of some of the available volunteer positions. Some perfect for groups of volunteers, but all can be performed by an individual. Once you register as a volunteer, you will be contacted by a staff member who will give you more details and confirmation of your placement.  


Join us in the morning to set up and prepare the site for the day’s events. Jobs may involve unloading and distributing supplies, setting up tables and chairs, and hanging banners and signage. Set-up may be different at each site and may involve a variety of tasks, but your help is critical in ensuring that everything is prepared before the walkers arrive. Lifting, standing and walking are involved. This job is great for a group of volunteers.


Registration volunteers greet and check-in walkers, collect pledge envelopes, distribute t-shirts and provide general event information to walkers checking in. Registration volunteers will be trained on the specific process at mandatory training sessions the morning of the event.


Greeters will welcome walkers and direct them to the appropriate areas at the walk site, ensure registration lines are moving quickly and that walkers have all necessary materials complete before they get to the front of the line, and answer questions as needed. Standing and walking are involved. This job is great for a group of volunteers.

Route Support (SAG) Drivers:

Support walkers along the route, transport walkers and supplies to various locations along the route or to the start/finish area; must be encouraging and enthusiastic to walkers, and report potential emergencies or problems along the route to the site leaders. Requires use of own vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Rest Stop:

Set up rest stop supplies and re-stock supplies as needed. You will create a fun atmosphere by cheering participants as they take a break, and providing food and beverages. Lifting, standing and walking are involved. This job is great for a group of volunteers.

Food Service:

Organize supplies and assist with preparing and serving food to walkers. Lifting, standing and walking are involved. This job is great for a group of volunteers.

General Volunteer:

May have several different assignments throughout the day. Lifting, standing and walking are involved. This job is great for a group of volunteers.

HAM Radio Operator:

Help provide communications at Walk MS. Must have amateur radio license.


Must be a NYS licensed EMT, nurse, or doctor, and provide a copy of your license to the Society.

Mission Table:

Help spread the word about MS and help increase MS awareness.

Office Assistant:

Help in your local Society office one month prior to Walk MS. Flexible Schedule.


Got a special talent? Share your skills with Walk MS participants to make it a memorable experience. (Massage therapists, comedians, musicians, face-painters, truck drivers, etc.)


Assist the Walk MS photographer in taking take team photos, start and finish line photos, and route and celebration photos. You can help teams gather for their photo. Standing and walking are involved.

Finish Line Celebration:

Let's party! This is the time for celebration! Finish line volunteers will cheer walkers across the finish line and celebrate with walkers as they return. This job is great for a group of volunteers.

Tear Down:

Tear down volunteers are all-stars! You will help clean up the site, pack supplies and tents, and remove banners and signage. Lifting, standing and walking are involved. This job is great for a group of volunteers.


Volunteers Can Raise Money, Too.

When you register to volunteer, you will receive fundraising tools through your Participant Center, and when you fundraise as a volunteer, you are eligible for the same great prizes available to walkers. Last year, Walk MS volunteers for the Upstate New York Chapter raised more than $8,000!
Please note: If you volunteered at an Upstate New York Chapter event in 2013, you were given a yellow, volunteer t-shirt. Please bring your volunteer t-shirt to Walk MS. This helps us save on t-shirt costs. 

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Fundraise with Facebook  

Change your profile picture to a photo of the Walk MS or National MS Society logo. It’s a constant reminder to your Facebook friends that you’re participating in Walk MS and raising funds for the Society. Send a newsfeed story using "Get the Word Out" and your friends can click directly on your status update to donate to you. Share your story of why you walk, and read stories of other participants. View your personalized fundraising badge, which includes a thermometer that keeps track of your fundraising progress and provides an easy way to check real time fundraising status.

Get your Facebook fundraising started today! Post a link on Facebook to the fundraising page in your Participant Center and let folks know how your Walk MS fundraising is going. Send a message through Facebook to all of your friends and spread the word about your fundraising. You never know who has a connection to MS. Here's a great how-to guide on raising funds through Facebook.

How to Email Your Facebook Friends

Facebook limits your messages to 20 people at a time. To send a fundraising or recruitment email to a large audience you should export your Facebook friends’ email addresses into your personal email or Participant Center. Yahoo recently released a new feature that does this for you. Once you’re logged into your Yahoo account, click on “contacts”, and then select the option to import your Facebook friends. Yahoo will take you through a step-by-step process. If you don’t have a Yahoo account, you can create one to get your Facebook contacts, and then export those email address to any email server of your choice.

Stay Up-to-Date on Walk MS News!

Walk MS Upstate New York is on Facebook. Stay updated with the latest event news and photos by joining the Walk MS Upstate New York page on Facebook.

Follow us and help us build our page! Be sure to post comments, share exciting news, and connect with other friends of the chapter.

If you do not already have a Facebook account, sign up for one at

A Guide to Using Social Media – Tips and Tools


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