Sign up to be a NAMI volunteer
Make a commitment to volunteer.
The act of volunteering means commitment. As a volunteer it is expected that you will commit to all the parameters of the program. This could mean volunteering up to 4 hours per week or as little as a few hours a month.
Follow these steps to apply.
1. Fill out a Volunteer Application Form.
2. Attend a meeting that NAMI sets up upon receiving your application.
3. List your references in your application and NAMI will verify them.
NAMI Volunteer Opportunities
- Answer phones and direct callers 1/2 day (4 hours) per week or on-call.
- Provide administrative support to the staff.
- Help with copying materials for classes and outreach.
We are in need of bilingual volunteers (English/Spanish) as several of our programs and classes are offered in both languages. We also need bilingual Receptionists and Resource Specialists.
- Education Committee -Join and share your experiences with outside groups (churches, schools, etc.), must have a connection with mental illness, either in yourself, a family member or friend.
- Peer-to-Peer mentor training– after completion of the 18-hour Peer-to Peer educational program. Must be a person living with mental illness.
- Peer Support Specialist training-after completion of the 18-hour Peer-to Peer educational program and Peer Mentor training.
- Family-to-Family instructor training-must be a graduate of the 30 hour Family-to Family course.
- “Ending the Silence” student presenter training. You must be a person 18- 35 and have a connection with mental illness, either in yourself, a family member or friend.
- “Ending the Silence” staff presenter training. Lead Presenter focuses on helping school professionals better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in youth.
- “In Our Own Voice” presenter training.- you must be a person living with mental illness.
- NAMI Basics teacher training – an education program for parents of a child with mental illness.
Be a support group facilitator for NAMI Connection (a group for people living with a mental illness) or a Family Support Group. In general, support groups meet once per month for 1 1/2 hours. Training is provided and a two-year time commitment is required.
Heart-to-Heart is an organization of volunteers who are dedicated to helping people with serious mental illness live fuller, happier lives. This program bridges the gap between the community at large and the population of people living with a mental illness, who might otherwise find themselves on the outskirts of society, forgotten and lonely.