Arthritis Ambassador Program FAQs

Ambassador Program FAQs

What kind of time commitment does the Ambassador program require?

Arthritis Ambassadors are asked to commit 2 hours/month for at least one year to the program. Every other month, a half an hour is spent on a webinar with other Ambassadors from around the country.  During this call, Ambassadors receive their assignment, which will take about two hours to complete. While it’s not an obligation, Ambassadors are also encouraged to attend the Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, which takes place every other year. There you will have the opportunity to meet your legislators and advocate for the Arthritis Foundation.

What kind of assignments are Ambassadors asked to complete?

Assignments vary month to month depending on the most current issues at hand.  One month, you may be asked to write a message to your Representative’s Health Legislative Assistant.  Another, you may be asked to attend a local town hall meeting and ask important questions about arthritis prevention, research, and care.  Whatever the assignment may be, you’ll be provided ample training and guidance to fulfill the duty with confidence. If at any time you have questions about an assignment, you can reach out to the Advocacy and Access team at advocacy@arthritis.org.

Is there a training or introduction session for new Ambassadors?

Yes! New Ambassador training takes place via webinar directly after each Ambassador Call. We encourage you to begin serving as an Ambassador as soon as possible, even if it’s prior to participating in an orientation.  On these calls, you’ll learn the basics about how a bill becomes a law, how to report your activity, and strategies for establishing and maintaining contact with your Representative. 

I want to do more - what is a Platinum Ambassador?

To become a Platinum Ambassador, an Ambassador must complete all of the monthly Ambassador activities along with 4 bonus activities, and raise $1000 (give or get) for the Arthritis Foundation. View the list of the 2017 Ambassador Bonus Acitvities and click here to download a checklist to track your progress to Platinum Ambassador.

We also give out Arthritis Ambassador awards, which are competitive and will be selected based on assignment participation, additional service to the Arthritis Foundation, legislative success, and application essay.

Where do I sign up?

Great question! Sign up to be an Arthritis Ambassador here. We’re excited to have you on board! You may also want to reach out to your local staff and let them know about your decision so they can help you and serve as a support network.