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, one 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 annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, where you 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 Laura Keivel, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy at lkeivel@arthritis.org.

Is there a training or introduction session for new Ambassadors?

Yes! New Ambassador training takes place via conference call each quarter.  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 4 bonus activities, and raise $500 (give or get) for the Arthritis Foundation. Read more about the latest Arthritis Ambassador bonus activities.

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

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.