Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart of NAMI! Throughout Virginia we serve individuals, families and communities with the support of dedicated 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 show 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’ and “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 or posting information 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 educate and correct misconceptions. Sharing personal experience can also be helpful in giving another perspective.
      • Share your story Our mission is to improve the lives of people with mental illness and 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 illness that their community cares.
        • 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:
        • General Volunteer – we have two types of volunteer roles. Volunteer needs for each type are included in our Volunteer Application. Please complete and return to jburch@namivirginia.org.
          • Ongoing: Volunteers assist with projects that occur weekly or monthly for a relatively long period of time. For example, volunteering 2 hours a week for 4 weeks in the office.
          • Episodic: Volunteers assist with projects that are needed less regularly or are periodically in nature for short periods of time.  For example, volunteering every other month to assist with a 3-hour mailing or special event.
        • Join a Committee
          • Walk Workgroup – NAMIWalks is a huge awareness and fundraiser for NAMI Virginia and statewide affiliates. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate logistics in advance of the Walk. Contact Jamie Burch at jburch@namivirginia.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 Sarah Wilson at swilson@namivirginia.org 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 along@namivirginia.org to learn more.
        • NAMI Affiliate Volunteer- Our affiliates organize 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.