NAMI-WCI is a grassroots organization made up of dedicated volunteers. Please contact our program director Joy Mabbitt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in one of the following volunteer opportunities:
Share Your Story
Individuals living with mental illness and family members of individuals living with mental illness are invited to share their stories of challenges and triumphs in whatever format they feel comfortable. You may write us a testimonial to be included on this webpage. If you want to be part of our stigmafree presentations, or you may want to get trained in one of our outreach programs to share your experiences with other community members. This is a great way to dispel misconceptions and help to eliminate stigma. These presentations have been extremely successful - we are getting so much interest and support from our audiences that our presenters often say they get such a boost from sharing their stories, it makes them feel good for days after.
Individuals living with mental illness and family members of individuals living with mental illness can receive training to become a volunteer teacher or group facilitator for NAMI-WCI. There is always a need for teachers and facilitators! We will ask you to first be a participant in a class or support group. If you like what we do, we will provide you with free training through our state organization. This is a very rewarding way to give back to the community and help those in need.
Occasionally we require assistance with folding, stuffing envelopes, collating, etc., for large mailing projects, assembling outreach materials, or we may need help with other general office tasks. Mailing and preparation days are always a lot of fun in the NAMI-office as you connect with others who have the same interest in getting the word out there.
Man a Booth
NAMI-WCI is having an increased presence at resource and health fairs, the Farmer's Market, Mosey down Main Street, and other public events. We set up a booth, provide resource materials, hand out swag and candy, and inform the public about mental illness in our community and what they can do to make a difference. Our presence and visibility alone helps to combat stigma, gets the conversation going and helps make our community a more welcoming place. If you enjoy interacting with people in a relaxed setting and help us raise awareness, this is the volunteer opportunity you have been looking for!
NAMI Fall Classic 5K Walk/Run
Every fall we are organizing this fun event that brings the whole community together to raise awareness of mental illness and combat the stigma that surrounds it. We need volunteers to help set up the course, help with parking, registration, and snacks, and a range of other activities. If you are interested in this fun event, please contact Nichole Ramirez at email@example.com.
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Congratulations to Benito Barrera for winning the Facebook photo contest! The photo was taken of his wife and their German Shepherds on the 5K trail. We loved the confidence and optimism that affirm NAMI’s Stigmafree message.