We love our volunteers! We depend on you to help us provide free programs and services 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: All of our classes and support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Learn more about the NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Basics, NAMI Homefront, and NAMI Peer-to-Peer education programs, Family Support Groups, and NAMI Connection Support Group.
As a program presenter: All of our community presentations are delivered by trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental illness, either as a person living with mental illness or a family member. Learn more about In Our Own Voice, Ending the Silence, and Parents and Teachers as Allies.
As an Adopt-a-Site leader: Most people hear about NAMI Southwest Ohio through word-of-mouth or providers. As an Adopt-a-Site leader, you can adopt one location in the community (for example, Lindner Center of HOPE), and make sure they are adequately supplied with brochures, handouts, and other information people need to get connected with NAMI.
Health fairs: Another way we help get the word out about NAMI is by attending health fairs and other community events. (In 2014, we were invited to a Cyclones game!) We need volunteers to staff the table and answer people’s questions about NAMI and the services we offer.
As a panel participant: 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 and are willing to share your story, you can make a real impact in the community.
NAMIWalks, NAMIRuns, 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. There are many volunteer roles—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.
Class Preparation: It takes a lot of effort to prepare for our education courses. Office volunteers help assemble the curriculum, prepare handouts, and gather supplies to make it as easy as possible for our instructors and mentors to focus on teaching, not organizing.
Mailings: Although most of our communication is now done via email, from time to time we do prepare postal mailings. Volunteers help prepare these occasional mailings.
We have many additional administrative tasks. You may be able to help depending on your skills, abilities, and interest.
Other Ways to Help
You likely have other gifts and talents that could benefit 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!
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call (513) 351-3500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.