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Relieve MS Stress by Volunteering to Help Others

By Rosalind Kalb, Barbara Giesser, Kathleen Costello

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), sometimes helping someone else is the best way to take your mind off of what ails you. Many people remark on how much better they feel when they know they’re doing something that makes a difference to other people, whether at home or at their jobs, in a support group of some kind, or doing volunteer work.

Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. You can, among so many others, help out at your kid’s school, support a political candidate, visit the elderly in nursing homes, provide rides for someone who can no longer drive, read to someone with a visual impairment, or serve meals in a homeless shelter.

If you’re interested in doing some kind of volunteer work but haven’t found what you’re looking for, think about contacting VolunteerMatch, which is a national nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping people find volunteer opportunities. VolunteerMatch offers an online searchable database of organizations that need volunteers. This site also provides other features and services, such as personalized alert e-mails that list new opportunities in your area.

You can also call the National MS Society at (800) FIGHT-MS (800-344-4867) to find out what volunteer opportunities your National MS Society chapter may offer. The Society is a volunteer-driven organization that thrives on the talents of people just like you.