Leadership volunteers offer their time, talents, and expertise in a variety of areas to ensure that the Arthritis Foundation reaches its annual mission and fundraising goals for the local market area.
Local Leadership Roles
1. Board Chair
Partners with the Executive Director to create and manage the market’s strategic plan.
The Board Chair serves as a community organizer to open doors, source leadership, build partnership opportunities, cultivate donors, ad drive the overall business of the Arthritis Foundation in partnership with the local staff team.
2. Network Leader
Supports Live Yes! Event volunteer recruitment and training for the Live Yes! Connect Facilitators and other Live Yes! Programs.
The Live Yes! Arthritis Network is an umbrella term for all of the mission and fundraising activities within a market area that engage people with arthritis and their families in accessing the life-changing resources and programs of the Arthritis Foundation.
3. Fundraising Chair
Leads one of the community fundraising activities for a market area (Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, Marquee Event).
Fundraising Chairs assist with the cultivation of corporate partnerships, major giving, and sponsorships. The Chair is recognized as an influencer in the community with a strong network of personal and professional contacts.
4. Medical Chair
Serves as a volunteer leader and connector to help people navigate their way along their arthritis journey.
Medical Chairs provide introductions to help build community relationships within the medical field, including with other local practitioners and institutions. It is key for the Medical Chair to engage Healthcare Providers in the local Live Yes! Arthritis Network activities.
5. Juvenile Arthritis Chair
Serves as a volunteer leader and connector to help families navigate their way along their arthritis journey. They provide opportunities for education and empowerment.
The JA Chair leads a Committee of other volunteer leaders and subject matter experts in the JA arena and is a liaison for new JA families who reach out to the Arthritis Foundation for support.
6. Advocacy Chair
Serves as the State Advocacy Committee Chair in most markets.
The Advocacy Chair works with the staff team to identify opportunities to recruit, train, and cultivate Advocates and Ambassadors across the state. They serve as a voice for arthritis patients in pursuing state/local legislators and policy makers.
7. Volunteer Engagement Chair [opportunity varies by market]
Responsible for developing an annual plan to recruit and retain a volunteer base necessary to support all mission and fundraising activities in the local market.
The Volunteer Engagement Chair identifies and vets volunteers to serve on the Local Leadership Board as well as in other key event leadership positions, such as Chair of the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, or the local Marquee Fundraising event (e.g., Crystal Ball, Gala, Bone Bash). The Chair may also implement the onboarding and orientation process for the Leadership Board.
8. Young Adult Committee [opportunity varies by market]
A group of young adults committed to organizing, promoting and conducting service activities to support the network of young adults living with or impacted by arthritis.
Young Adult Committees work to build a community and network of young adults, participate in fundraising activities, advocacy initiatives, and mission events within the local market area. The goal for the Committee is to increase outreach and engagement with young adults with arthritis.
Jingle Bell Run
Put on your favorite holiday costume, enjoy fun activities and spread good cheer along with family, friends and co-workers. Jingle All the Way to a Cure for the 1 in 4 Americans with arthritis.Learn More
Walk to Cure Arthritis
Our Walk to Cure Arthritis is the largest arthritis gathering in the world, celebrating our warriors, raising funds for research, resources and a cure.Learn More
You want to raise funds to stop arthritis or honor an arthritis warrior in your life. Whatever your passion, you can STOP ARTHRITIS from getting in the way of life’s simple pleasures.Learn More
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