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Volunteer with NAMI Fresno 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with NAMI Fresno. Volunteers are essential to the work that NAMI does. To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, feel free to e-mail us at info@namifresno.org and be on the lookout for e-mails from us about events and volunteer opportunities.

Here are some things to consider that we can place volunteers.

Can you commit to the same time for 2-4 hours a week to work in the office at NAMI Fresno?
Our Warm Line is a very important support program.  It is also important to have more volunteers available to answer the phones during our NAMI Walk season!

 

THE WALK IS COMING, THE WALK IS COMING, THE WALK IS COMING – MAY 5, 2018
Committee members are needed to support our Executive Director and Walk Manager in making this a great event.

 

If you have lived experience as a person with a diagnosis of a mental health condition you may qualify for the following volunteer positions: *FORMAL TRAINING REQUIRED

  • Facilitator for NAMI Connection
  • Presenter for NAMI In Our Own Voice, NAMI Ending the Silence, or NAMI CA Mental Health 101 program.
  • Teacher for NAMI Peer-to-Peer or NAMI Provider Education classes

If you have lived experience as a person who is a family member of a person with a mental health condition you may qualify for the following volunteer positions: *FORMAL TRAINING REQUIRED

  • Facilitator for NAMI Family Support Group
  • Teacher for NAMI Family to Family, NAMI Basics,  NAMI Homefront, or NAMI Provider Education classes.
  • Presenter in NAMI CA Mental Health 101 or NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies program.

We have had many requests for Spanish language programs, so please volunteer to lead a support group, teach a class, or give presentations.  Ask a Spanish speaking friend to help you!!!

We are seeking people to be a bridge for NAMI Fresno and their community.
Our Executive Director is being asked to many meetings with community leaders.  We welcome advocates with lived experience who can help us provide our programs to the African American, Native American, LGBTQ, all of our Asian communities.  We also need advocates from diverse faith communities.

NAMI Ending the Silence.
We need young people who have lived experience with a mental health condition to help us share the NAMI Ending the Silence program.  We have given several of these presentations and word is getting out about its power to fight stigma and help students give each other support and/or seek help.  There is an increase in demand for this program due to the passing of AB 2246.

Electronic communications
We have new website!!!   It is great to have people who can help us keep it up to date.  Also, we could use folks who can help us manage our other electronic communications programs.   Volunteers in this area don’t need to write content for these communications.  Graphic design skills are helpful but not necessary.

Do you have experience with law enforcement and other first repsonders as you have traveled your journey with  lived experience as a person with a mental health condition or as a family member?

We need you to tell your story to law enforcement officers, probation officers, EMS, other first responders, staff/lawyers in the Prosecutor’s and/or District Attorney’s offices, staff/judges in the court system.

Family panels and consumer/peer panels are actviely participating in Crisis Intervention Training with law enforcement agencies in and around our county. Please consider sharing your story to help our loved ones when in crisis. Contact Chris Roup for details and training to learn how to do this effectively.

 Would you like to grow in your leadership or program coordination skills?  Consider becoming a committee chair or program coordinator. 

We are eager to support you if you are interested in growing your skills and helping us in the following leadership activities:

  • Librarian – organize books in the library. Inventory books occasionally and call borrowers to request returns.  A simple 1-2 hour a week commitment after the library is organized.
  • Family Programs Coordinators – we need a coordinator for each of our signature family programs. Program coordinators work with the Executive Director to schedule and market classes, support groups, and presentations.  They take phone calls from people inquiring about classes, manage waiting lists, send reminders to class participants, support facilitators/teachers/presenters, and recruit and develop volunteers who are interested in becoming facilitators/teachers/presenters.
  • Peer Programs Coordinators – we need a coordinator for each of our signature peer programs. Program coordinators work with the Executive Director to schedule and market classes, support groups, and presentations.  They take phone calls from people inquiring about classes, manage waiting lists, send reminders to class participants, support facilitators/teachers/presenters, and recruit and develop volunteers who are interested in becoming facilitators/teachers/presenters.
  • Advocacy Committee Chair – this person would work with other committee members to help the board respond to local controversies and advocate for positive policies. NAMI Fresno takes a coalition building approach to advocacy – we provide the community with accurate information about mental illness and its treatment and the needs of all people affected by mental illness.  We develop positive and supportive relationships so we can build a team of collaborators from different community sectors to address the needs of all people affected by mental illness.
  • Membership Committee Chair – this person would work with the Executive Director to send membership renewal reminders, reach out to lapsed members, plan membership socials, and plan membership drives.

 

Looking for a Committee?

We have several active committees that need people willing to work a few hours outside the committee meetings to help the organization with administrative and fundraising initiatives.

  • Capacity Building – update organizational policies and procedures
  • Fundraising – this committee plans smaller fundraisers that supplement our Walk and Gala fundraising activities.

 

If you are busy and want us to call you if we need help, we might ask you to:

  • Help with the Fresno State Football concession stands, ask for donations of items for our Gala, Walk Team Manager Luncheon, and Walk Appreciation Luncheon, help with decorating for events, and provide information from a table/booth at a community event.
  • Attend a committee meeting – we always need input – even if you can’t commit to committee membership, we always want to hear from you!!

 

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