Get Involved FAQs


MSAA Special Events

What is the difference between MSAA Special Events and a Create Your Own Fundraiser?

A MSAA special event is an event that MSAA organizes, such as Swim for MS and our Improving Lives Benefit. A ‘Create Your Own Fundraiser’ is an event that benefits MSAA that is organized by a volunteer. MSAA is not involved in organizing a ‘Create Your Own Fundraiser’ but will assist with ideas or questions.


Creating Your Own Fundraiser

Once I sign-up, do I automatically start organizing my event?

Submitting a volunteer interest form notifies MSAA that you are interested in organizing an event. MSAA will follow-up with you within 2 business days to review the details of your event. However, you may begin organizing your event as soon as you are ready!

I’d like to hold an event, but I don’t know where to start.

Visit our Create Your Own Fundraiser page for easy steps to get started. For additional assistance, please contact events@mymsaa.org or (800) 532-7667, ext. 161

How can MSAA help me promote my event?

For MSAA's assistance with promoting your event, you may wish to contact us at (800) 532-7667, extension 161 or email events@mymsaa.org.

You can also refer to our MSAA 3rd Party Event Marketing Guidelines.


Volunteering

Who can volunteer with MSAA?

Volunteer positions are open to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, or condition of disability.

Is there an age requirement to be able to volunteer?

MSAA does not have an age requirement for most of our volunteer opportunities. Please contact us for additional information.

Can I volunteer with MSAA to fulfill my community service requirements?

MSAA accepts all volunteers, including those who wish to complete required community service hours for school, clubs/organizations, and personal enrichment. MSAA does not accept volunteers who have been court-ordered, without permission from the respective parole officer and/or judge. All court-ordered volunteers are responsible for directing their officer to contact Angel Serrano, Senior Manager of of Development at (800) 532-7667, ext. 117, to ensure our volunteer opportunities are acceptable to fulfill your court-ordered requirements.


MSAA’s Art Showcases

Submit your best work! Each year, MSAA’s Annual Art Showcases celebrates the work of artists affected by MS. Submissions for both Art Showcases will be accepted between October and December each year.

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MS Ability Art Showcase

Submissions can depict people, places, or things. Please do not submit inappropriate artwork it will not be included on our website.

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Four Seasons Art Showcase

Submissions must clearly depict a specific season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or holiday (Easter, Hanukkah Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, etc.).

Eligibility:

  • To enter, you must have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and provide a copy of a doctor's verification of your diagnosis.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.
  • Your submission is not complete until we have received your signed Release Form. This can be completed online or printed and mailed to:
    MSAA Art Showcase, Attn: Angel Serrano, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 before the deadline.

Medium and Specifications:

  • We welcome paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, as well as pastels and drawings in pencil and ink for our next Art Showcase. We are also accepting digital artwork.
  • Only two-dimensional artwork will be accepted. Graphic design, photography, sculpture, pottery, fabric, and other types of artwork cannot be accepted.

How to Submit Your Artwork:

  • Complete the online registration form, release form, and review the contest rules before submitting your work.
  • Email showcase@mymsaa.org:
    • Attach a letter from your doctor confirming your MS diagnosis.
    • Please include your name, city and state, and a short (150 words or less) biographical statement that speaks to your interest in art and includes how MS affects or has affected your interest or work methods.
    • Attach an electronic copy of up to three (3) pieces of your artwork (you may submit up to 3 for each showcase) to your email. For each artwork submitted, please include the medium, which showcase you are submitting to ("Ability" or "Four Seasons") and entry title. The image(s) should be in color and should be formatted to print out on an 8-1/2" x 11" page.
    • Each submitted image file should be at least 1 megabyte (MB) - with 300dpi resolution if possible - and no larger than 10 megabytes (MB), with 4 megabytes (MB) as the preferred size. If you are unable to reproduce the image electronically, make an 8-1/2” x 11” full color copy (please do not send originals) and mail to:
      MSAA Art Showcase, Attn: Angel Serrano, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 before the deadline.