Volunteers are the heart of NAMI! Throughout Virginia we serve individuals, families and communities through the coordinated support of volunteers! Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Below are a sampling of volunteer roles we need assistance with. If you have questions please reach out to us at 804-285-8264.
- Remote Opportunities: Community Volunteers work remotely making positive changes around mental health education and recovery promotion through local, personal initiatives. We like to call these individuals mental health ambassadors because they work to combat the stigma around mental health by starting conversations that educate and showing support in their local communities. Community volunteer activities can be done independently and can include:
- Social Media Ambassador – follow us on Facebook – NAMI Virginia, Virginia Family Network, Youth MOVE Virginia. Please ‘like’, re-share content to educate your social network.
- Go Green – green is the color of mental health awareness month. Wearing green helps show solidarity and offers the opportunity for meaningful conversation. Consider wearing a green ribbon, posting something to social media. There are many creative ways to go green!
- Educator – Be proactive in talking to family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances about mental health. Use facts to gently educate and correct misconceptions. Sharing personal experience can also be helpful in giving another perspective.
- Share your story – Our mission is to promote mental health recovery. Share your story to inspire, to inform, to educate, to make someone else’s journey better, to help with your own recovery. Whatever the reason, you matter and we want to hear from you!
- Advocate for the cause – combine your educator experience with sharing your story and consider advocating on behalf of mental health. Legislative advocacy influences policies and practices throughout the Commonwealth. Your voice and story can make a difference. Learn more here.
- Do It Yourself – DIY projects can be done on your own time, by individuals and groups. Projects help NAMI Virginia by allowing funds normally spent on these items to be spent elsewhere while also helping us highlight to Virginians dealing with mental health that their community cares. Completed projects can be donated to NAMI Virginia by emailing us email@example.com
- Green ribbons – help us raise awareness
- Handmade thank you cards – helps us say thank you to our many volunteers!
- Handmade thinking of you cards – help us stay connected to those who rely on us for support!
- In-person Opportunities:
- Office Volunteers – NAMI Virginia is always in need of office volunteers to assist in our office located in Richmond. Projects include data entry, phone calls, event support, mailings, graphic design, public relations and marketing, and other general office support as needed. Please note this role is ongoing. Please note this role requires you be willing to travel and work at our Richmond office during the hours of 9am-4pm during the week.
- Health Fairs and Community Events– Join NAMI Virginia in educating the public about mental health. Volunteers are needed to help staff tables at various health fairs and community events throughout the year. Getting the word out about NAMI reduces the stigma of mental illness and gets the word out about the no cost programs NAMI offers to those who could benefit from them. Please note this role is episodic.
- Photographer/Videographer– We are always on the lookout for talented photographers or videographers willing to donate their time to capture the excitement of our events and raise awareness for mental health. Services are in particular needed for NAMIWalks Virginia, Advocacy Day, Family and Youth Leadership Summit, and the NAMI Virginia State Convention. Please note this role is episodic.
- Join a Committee
- Walk Workgroup – NAMIWalks is a huge awareness and fundraiser for NAMI Virginia and statewide affiliates. Volunteers are need to help coordinate logistics in advance of the Walk. Contact Sarah Steadman at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Parent Advisory Board – The Parent Advisory Board provides guidance and leadership around our programs for parents who have children and youth with mental health needs. Application process is required. Contact Stephany Melton Hardison at email@example.com to learn more.
- Youth Advisory Board – The Youth Advisory Board provides guidance and leadership around our programs for youth and young adults with mental health needs. Application process is required. Contact Amanda Long at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- NAMI Affiliate Volunteer- Our affiliates execute local support groups, educational courses and presentations. If interested in giving back as a facilitator, presenter or teacher, connect directly with your local affiliate.
Looking to get involved with your local affiliate? Please contact them directly and get involved in your local community. Click here for a listing of our local affiliates statewide.