NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of millions of Americans living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need. NAMI Dubuque is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and serves as Dubuque’s Voice on Mental Illness for those in the tri-state community whose lives are affected by mental illness. We are located in the Schmid Innovation Center at 900 Jackson Street and share space with a number of other nonprofit organizations, together known as the Millwork Collective and dedicated to improving the lives of those in need in our community. NAMI Dubuque is a nonprofit and 100% volunteer organization and all of our services are open to the public and free of charge. NAMI’s cornerstones are support, education, and advocacy. We offer three different education courses for those with mental illness as well as for their families and caregivers. We also offer two monthly support groups, one for those with the lived experience of mental illness and one for their families and caregivers. In addition we offer monthly educational meetings featuring guest speakers, documentaries, etc. NAMI’s advocacy efforts focus on ensuring a healthcare system that provides fair and equal access to treatment for all of those in need. NAMI is committed to raising awareness of mental illness and combatting the relentless stigma surrounding it. NAMI offers the understanding that only those with the lived experience of mental illness can provide. People living with mental illness deserve a community that supports them and their families in their recovery. Mental illness devastates the lives of so many in our community and NAMI Dubuque exists to provide the support, education, and advocacy needed by those affected by mental illness.
Volunteer Need 1
Office Volunteers: Volunteers needed to greet visitors; answer and direct phone calls; inventory educational materials; sort mail; prepare mailings; assist with various other office tasks.
Volunteer Need 2
Board of Directors: NAMI Dubuque is in need of someone with a financial background to serve as Treasurer beginning in January 2016. The treasurer will monitor revenues and expenses and ensure maintenance of complete and accurate accounting of all funds received and disbursed, produce a monthly financial statement of income and expenses, and present the records of NAMI Dubuque for audit at such times as required by NAMI National and the State of Iowa. The Treasurer will also chair the Budget and Finance Committee.
Volunteer Need 3
Instructors for NAMI Signature Education Courses: Training for instructors is provided by NAMI on various dates at sites throughout the state. Training is paid for by NAMI Dubuque. Eligibility for training as an instructor requires that either you or a family member is living with a mental illness. Volunteers are needed to train as instructors for these three education courses: NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Peer-to-Peer, and NAMI Basics.
Volunteer Need 4
Facilitators for NAMI Support Groups: Training for facilitators is provided by NAMI on various dates at sites throughout the state. Training is paid for by NAMI Dubuque. Eligibility for training as a facilitator requires that either you or a family member is living with a mental illness. Volunteers are needed to train as facilitators for these two support groups: NAMI Family Support Group and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group.
Volunteer Need 5
General Volunteers are needed to: Staff a NAMI table/booth at community outreach events; distribute NAMI literature and event flyers; offer technology/website/social media assistance; assist with special events; assist with monthly meetings; act as liaison with youth in the community; assist with fundraising activities; assist in advocacy efforts such as writing/calling legislators, etc.; serve on committees under the direction of the Board of Directors.