Taking the First Step
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.
Volunteer Application Steps
1. Fill out a Volunteer Application Form.
2. Upon receiving your application, a meeting will be setup.
3. Verification of your references will also be completed.
- 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.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Volunteers:
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.
- Join our Education Committee and share your experiences with outside groups (churches, schools, etc.)
- Train to be an "In Our Own Voice" presenter. Training is provided and you must be a person living with mental illness.
- Become a Peer to Peer mentor after completion of the 18-hour educational program. Must be a person living with mental illness.
- Train to be a presenter for Parents and Teachers as Allies educational program.
- Train to be a Family-to-Family education course instructor. Must be a graduate of the 30 hour course.
- Train to be a teacher for NAMI Basics - an education program for parents of a child with mental illness.
Support Group Facilitator:
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 Program Volunteer:
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.
For more information on volunteering, please contact:
Marisol De La Rosa
(520) 622-5582, ext. 101