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We love our volunteers! We depend on our team of volunteers to help us provide our programs and services at no cost to people living with mental illness and their families.

There are many ways you can help!

In the Community

As an instructor or support group facilitator: trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental illness deliver all of our classes and support groups. Learn more about the NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Homefront, and NAMI Peer-to-Peer education programs, Family Support Groups, and NAMI Connection Support Groups.

As a program presenter: trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental illness deliver all of our community presentations. Learn more about In Our Own Voice, Ending the Silence, and Good for Business.

As an Adopt-a-Site leader: Most people hear about NAMI Southwest Ohio through word-of-mouth or their provider. Adopt-a-Site leaders adopt one location in the community and supply it with NAMI information like brochures and handouts. These locations can include places such as health providers, libraries, and other community areas.

Health fairs: NAMI also gets the word out about mental health by attending community fairs and other events. We need volunteers to staff our tables and to answer people’s questions about NAMI and the services we offer.

Speakers’ Bureau: From time to time, we are asked to be part of panels that look at various aspects of mental health such as discrimination in the workplace, the effect of mental illness on marriage, and similar topics. If you have lived experience as an individual living with mental illness or as a family member and are willing to share your story, you can make a real impact in the community as a member of our Speakers’ Bureau.

NAMIWalks, and the Evening of Hope: NAMI Southwest Ohio is funded entirely by grants and donations. Our biggest fundraiser is the NAMIWalk, which we hold annually at Sawyer Point on the second Saturday in May. We need hundreds of volunteers to pull off a successful walk, and there are many different volunteer roles for the NAMIWalk. They can be everything from publicity, to captaining a walk team, to helping to set up the walk route the day before the event. Our Evening of Hope held every fall is another event that is successful because of our many volunteers.

In the Office

Information and Referral Line: Our Information and Referral Line is staffed entirely by volunteers. You’ll answer callers’ questions and help connect them to local, state and national mental health resources.

Data Entry: We evaluate all of our programs, and we need help carefully entering data from our evaluations. If you enjoy working with data, this role may be for you!

Mailings: Most of our communication is now done via email. However, we do prepare postal mailings a couple of times a year. Volunteers help prepare these occasional mailings.

Other Ways to Help

You likely have other gifts and talents that could help NAMI Southwest Ohio and the people we serve. Fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and other ways to help us sustain and grow are other possible areas of service. Please call!

Please note: NAMI requires all program instructors, presenters, and facilitators to be NAMI members. You receive a monthly magazine, access to additional content at, and discounts to some NAMI Southwest Ohio events. Membership is available at three levels: $5 (Open Door, for low-income individuals); $40 (individual); $60 (family). You can join online at or send payment via check to NAMI Southwest Ohio, 4055 Executive Park Drive, Suite 450, Cincinnati, OH 45241.


For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call (513) 351-3500 or email us at

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