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Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an important part of MDA’s 70+ year history. Through volunteer committees, boards, community events, and Summer Camps where kids build confidence and independence, volunteers are tightly woven into MDA’s fabric.

While there is a continued need for volunteers, MDA’s top priority is the health and safety of our families, volunteers, and staff. Due to the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), MDA has been very diligent about crafting volunteer opportunities that offer our volunteers both virtual or in some communities, in-person opportunities.

By agreeing to sign-up as an MDA volunteer for any events taking place in-person, you acknowledge that MDA may require you to wear a mask, present a negative COVID-19 test, and/or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate. MDA will do its best to inform all volunteers if any of these measures are necessary in a timely manner in advance of the volunteer opportunity.

Join us and help MDA transform the lives of kids and adults living with neuromuscular diseases.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

MDA Fundraising Events

Join MDA to support our signature fundraising initiatives! MDA is holding virtual and, in some cases, in-person events including Fill the Boot, Retail Partner Stewardship, Gala/Golf Events, Muscle Walk, Endurance Events, DIY Events, and more.

MDA Summer Camp Volunteer

Sign up as a Summer Camp Volunteer to receive information about opportunities to work with children through our camp program. MDA Summer Camp has been conducted virtually these past two years due to the pandemic, but we will share information for next summer’s camp volunteer options in the months leading up to next year’s camp season.

MDA Volunteer Committees/Leadership Volunteer Roles

Be part of a virtual or local committee and lend your leadership to advancing MDA’s strategic initiatives forward.

MDA Care Initiatives

Help MDA reach new networks within your communities and support our families! Volunteers are needed virtually and in our communities, as part of the MDA Connections program, support groups, and more.

MDA Advocate

MDA is dedicated to advocating for national policies and programs that support families with neuromuscular diseases by accelerating the development of therapies and cures, facilitating early diagnosis and treatment from day one, ensuring access to critical support and promoting independence.

Together with MDA’s network of advocates, families, volunteers and partners, we ensure that the collective voice of our community is heard.

MDA General Administrative Volunteer

Skills based volunteers are needed virtually and in some cases in person to help with a variety of tasks including but not limited to, graphic design, photography, marketing, and bilingual translating.

MDA Ambassador

As someone living with a neuromuscular disease, an MDA family, or caregiver please join us to share your personal story and connection to MDA within signature MDA initiatives, virtually or in-person.

Specialized training and/or a criminal background check may be required. COVID-19 protocols and age restrictions may be in place for certain roles.

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Volunteer Waivers

Please view photo release before selecting an option.

Please view terms and conditions before accepting.

Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

Grant of permission and release and waiver of rights

For appearance in photographs and video

The Participant will participate in the Program during the Dates and at the Locations designated above.

If the Participant is a minor: I am the parent or legal guardian of the Participant (“my child”).

In consideration of my or my child’s (if applicable) participation in the Program, I hereby consent to the publication and use of my or my child’s (if applicable) name, likeness, voice, writings, diagnosis and other biographical material (together the “Participant’s Likeness”) for the purpose of promotion, publicity, advertising, or other manner, by MDA, its agents, licensees or assigns, throughout the world in perpetuity. Use of the Participant’s Likeness shall include, but not be limited to, photographs, sound and video recordings, films, broadcasts, brochures, publications, reports, web pages, social media posts, promotional materials or any other audio-visual, electronic, printed, tangible work in any media or format, now known or later developed (the “Materials”). I acknowledge that neither I, nor my child (if applicable), shall have any ownership in or use of the Materials or any right of review or approval regarding the use of the Participant’s Likeness in the Materials.

Except for the consideration recited above, I understand that I will not be compensated for my or my child’s (if applicable) services rendered in connection with the Materials, but that MDA will be relying on this Grant of Permission and Release and Waiver of Rights (the “Release”) in determining to use the Materials. Accordingly, I also hereby release and hold harmless MDA, along with its respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, chapters, licensees, cooperating entities, agencies, their representatives, heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of the use of the Participant’s Likeness, in accordance with the terms of this Release.

This Release shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York.

Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

Liability waiver, assumption of risk and indemnification agreement

Waiver of Liability

In consideration of my (my child’s) participation in Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc. (“MDA”) volunteer activities and all related activities (the “Volunteer Activities”), I, on behalf of myself, (my child), my heirs, personal representatives, and assigns (the “Releasing Parties”), do hereby release, waive, and discharge MDA, its directors, officers, employees, volunteers, chapters, licensees, cooperating entities, agencies, their representatives, heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns (the “Protected Parties”) from liability arising from any and all claims, in whole or in part, resulting from the inherent risks of the Volunteer Activities or from the negligence of the Protected Parties to the greatest extent allowed by law.

Assumption of Risk

I understand the inherent risks of the Volunteer Activities.

I have read the previous paragraphs, and I know and understand the nature of the Volunteer Activities. I understand the demands of those activities relative to my (my child’s) physical condition, and I appreciate the types of injuries that may occur as a result of the Volunteer Activities and their potential impact on my (my child’s) well-being and lifestyle. I hereby assert that my (my child’s) participation is voluntary and that I knowingly assume all such risks.


I agree to hold harmless, defend and indemnify the Protected Parties from any and all claims of mine, (my child), my spouse, family members, or others arising from my injury or loss due to my (my child’s) participation in the Volunteer Activities, including those arising from the inherent risks of the Volunteer Activities or the negligence of the Protected Parties to the greatest extent allowed by law.

Acknowledgement of Understanding; Severability; Jurisdiction

I have read this Liability Waiver, Assumption of Risk and Indemnification Agreement and fully understand its terms. I further acknowledge that I am signing the agreement freely and voluntarily and intend my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability. If any portion of this agreement is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York.