Volunteer Voice
Summer is here and we're gearing up for the 2013 Bike MS: City to Shore Ride on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. Volunteer during the summer and/or ride weekend and help make this year's ride the best yet!

Thanks to all the volunteers who have helped out over the past few months. From Preakness at the Piazza in May to completing the rider number project for City to Shore in record time this week, we are sincerely grateful for your help. Check out the photos from MuckFest MS Philly and Walk MS and don't miss our new Walk MS thank you video.

Read on for a list of current volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you soon!

Warm regards,

Joy McManus, Volunteer Manager
Current volunteer opportunities
CTSpre-eventCity to Shore - Pre-event help
Mailing project (July 11 and August 8) - We need help at our office in Center City Philadelphia with a mailing project to recruit volunteers. Help out on one or both days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact Joy to sign up.  

Promotional days (July 16, July 18, August 13 and August 15) - We need two volunteers on each day to promote City to Shore to potential participants and volunteers, and provide general information about the Society. There are two shifts available: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will provide instructions on how to man the table in advance. Contact Adrienne to sign up.
Warehouse help (August 13) - We need help getting signs ready at our warehouse in Center City Philadelphia. Contact Joy to sign up.

Mission project (August 14) - We need help at our office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact Joy to sign up.

Spread the word (anytime) - Promote City to Shore to your friends and colleagues this summer. We can send you content for an email blast or your company newsletter or intranet site. If your work is based in Philadelphia, contact us if you can place a promotional sign in your office.


CTSrideweekendCity to Shore - Ride weekend
September 28 and 29 - Volunteer registration is now open! Sign up now and choose from a variety of fun tasks, including helping out at the start or finish line, capturing the excitement as a volunteer photographer, or using your special skills as a truck driver.

We are also looking for safety/traffic volunteers to help along the route, to ensure our cyclists' safety and man key intersections. This is a great buddy-system job, perfect if you want to volunteer with a friend. Must be 18 or older.

otherOther volunteer opportunities
Patient education (July 11) - We need two volunteers to help at the information table and provide general information about the chapter's programs, services and events. Volunteers should arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Peppe's Bistro, 100 Eagle Valley Mall, East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18301. We will provide instructions on how to man the table in advance. Contact Joy to sign up.
Volunteering is more fun with friends
Our motto is "the more the merrier!" If you are part of a group (church, community center, military group, fitness class, Boy/Girl Scouts or other), we could use your help in the lead up to City to Shore and during ride weekend. Register online or download the registration form (pdf). Any questions? Contact Joy or ask your group leader to get in touch with us.

We have four new internship opportunities with City to Shore from August through October. We are looking for three event planning interns and one photography intern. Learn valuable skills while working with a dynamic team. To apply, email Joy with your resume and cover letter. 

GenerationOn - Power of Youth Contest

The Power of Youth Contest from GenerationOn calls on young people aged 13 to 18 to share their story of volunteerism for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the Variety Power of Youth event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles on July 27. Click here to apply by the deadline of July 9. 


Community Outreach Days -

If you are living with MS in one of the following counties, we invite you to sit down one-on-one with a member of our services team to find out how we can help you overcome the daily challenges of living with MS: 


July 22 - Northampton County Community Outreach Day (Noon to 8 p.m., St. Luke's Neurology Associates, Bethlehem, Pa.)


July 29 - Gloucester County Community Outreach Day (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Penn Therapy and Fitness, Woodbury Heights, N.J.)


Community Fundraisers -

Click here for a list of upcoming events to support City to Shore and the MS Leaders Circle, among others.


Visit the chapter calendar for a full list of upcoming events.