Use Your Spare Time To Spread MS Awareness
Do You Have 5 Minutes?
- Ask to speak about MS at the end of church.
- Give a brief intro to MS at your next office/staff meeting.
- Take copies of the latest MS Connection magazine to your doctors’ offices.
- Ask your neurologist to tell patients about the National MS Society.
- Bring event flyers to your neurologist visits.
- Hold a “dress down day” at your office.
- Leave your copy of the MS Connection magazine at your local St. Louis Bread Co., Starbucks, or other cafes.
- Post a link to our YouTube videos on your choice of social networks.
- Wear orange (wristband, MS Society t-shirt, etc) and use it as a conversation starter.
- Add a National MS Society signature line to your email account.
- Add a National MS Society event to an online community calendar.
- Create an event on a social media outlet to invite your friends to register for an event.
- Post a fact about MS on social media.
- Register for Walk MS, MuckFest MS, Challenge Walk MS or Bike MS.
- Apply to be a National MS Society volunteer or an MS Ambassador.
- Include information about MS Awareness Week in your newsletters at work, school, church or other community organizations you’re involved with – or – run an ad for a National MS Society event.
- Connect with us on Facebook (Gateway Area Chapter or Mid America Chapter) or Twitter (Gateway Area Chapter or Mid America Chapter) and invite your friends to connect with us!
- Visit www.MSconnection.org to check out the national awareness campaign and find downloads you can use to raise awareness.
Do You Have 30 Mintues?
- Share your story with five people and ask them to join you in the MS movement.
- Speak to a group of people about MS and share your story about how and why you are involved.
- Write a letter to local legislators supporting Medicaid Expansion. Learn more about advocacy efforts here!
- Write nationalmssociety.org around town in sidewalk chalk.
- Pass out NMSS pamphlets and brochures.
- Bring a special orange treat to work or school and use it as an opportunity to talk about MS Awareness Week. Make orange rice krispie treats or ask a local bakery to make orange-frosted cupcakes or cookies for MS Awareness Week.
- Write a letter to your editor. Download a template and the How To Guide.
- Write a letter to your legislators. Click here for a How To Guide.
Do You Have a Few Hours?
- Set up an awareness hour in your work/school cafeteria, lobby, etc. Hang posters advertising when and where. Have materials about MS and give them examples of how they can get involved. Click here for information on how to hang MS Awareness Week posters around town!
- If you haven’t, start a Walk MS or Bike MS team and start fundraising and recruiting members.
- Host a table at a local wellness or health fair.
- Host a “dress down day” at local schools with a uniform dress code.
- Host a table at a volunteer fair.
- Ask local high schools if they have any classes or clubs you can speak to.
- Contact your local college or university to set up a display to recruit volunteers and participants for Walk MS or Bike MS events.
- Grab a friend and ask local businesses, retail stores, schools, hospitals, restaurants, etc., if they’d be willing to hang an MS Awareness Week poster or distribute flyers for Walk MS, MuckFest MS, Challenge Walk MS, and Bike MS.
- Ask to speak at your local organizations – Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Rotary, American Legion, etc.
Do You Have Even More Time?
- Organize an MS Community Service day.
- Work on getting an MS Awareness Week proclamation in your city.
- Participate in a “Mission Month” where you tell 1 (or more!) person about MS every day!
- Contact local service fraternities and sororities to partner together for philanthropic opportunities.
- Host a fundraising event with a restaurant – click here!
- Organize your own Do It Yourself (DIY) Fundraising event!