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Types of Volunteer Opportunities

All our education and support programs are led by volunteers, so we have several ways to get involved!

Teachers

This opportunity is right for you if:

  • you like to provide information through a standard curriculum to those who need information, education and support.
  • you want to use your lived experience as someone with a mental health condition or family/friend of someone who has a mental health condition to relate to the material.
  • you can commit to teaching for 6 or 8 consecutive weeks on the same day.
  • you can attend a 2-day training on a weekend.

Facilitators

This opportunity is right for you if:

  • you like to support others with their immediate issues each time you meet.
  • you want to use your lived experience as a person with a mental health condition or family member/friend of someone who has a mental health condition to demonstrate our principles of support.
  • you can commit to facilitating once or twice a month on the same day for 90 minutes.
  • you can attend a 2-day training on the weekend.

Presenters

This opportunity is right for you if:

  • you like to present material to large and/or small groups.
  • you want to use your lived experience as a person with a mental health condition or family member/friend of someone who has a mental health condition to educate and inspire.
  • you are comfortable in settings with teens, parents, workplaces, faith communities or community gatherings.

Office Volunteers

This opportunity is right for you if:

  • you like to provide help behind the scenes with tasks such as preparing materials, entering data, and other support functions.
  • you can commit to four hours a week for at least 6 months with day time availability.

Event Assistants

This opportunity is right for you if:

  • you like to greet guests, provide hospitality and help with event setup and clean up.
  • you have evening and weekend availability.

Professional Services

If you have professional skills such as marketing, photography, graphic or floral design, Salesforce Administration, or project management, let us know and we may have opportunities for you!

What's the Right Opportunity for Me?

With so many ways to volunteer with NAMI Central Texas, finding the right fit can be a challenge! We've designed our Volunteer Info Sessions to help you figure out the best way for you to volunteer. Information sessions are offered at our main office in Austin and at various locations in Central Texas.

If you can't make a session, contact Jordan at [email protected] for help on finding the best opportunity.

Ready to Volunteer?

Once you've found the best fit, apply for volunteer training specific to the program or opportunity you've chosen.

Teach a Class, Give Presentations, or Facilitate a Support Group - Application

Event Assistant Volunteer – Application

Office Assistants and Professional Services - email [email protected] with interest and availability (note: office assistants full until Spring 2020)

for middle and high school students: NAMI Ending the Silence – Application

for parents: Let’s Talk – Application

for teachers: NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies – Application

for African-American communities: NAMI Sharing Hope – Application

for workplaces/general: NAMI In Our Own Voice – Application

for family members, partners, and parents class: NAMI Family-to-Family – Application

    • Next training: late 2019 or early 2020

for individuals living with mental health conditions class: NAMI Peer-to-Peer – Application

    • Next training: February 2020

for parents class: NAMI Basics – Application

    • Next training: August 3-4, 2019
      Applications are due July 19

for family members, partners and parents: Family Support Group Facilitator – Application

for adults living with mental health conditions: Connection Support Group Facilitator – Application

    • Support Group Facilitator training can begin immediately after application and includes attending three groups, being paired with a mentor, and attending an in-person session with state-level trainers.

Event Assistant Volunteer – Application

Office Assistants and Professional Services - email [email protected] with interest and availability (note: office assistants full until Fall 2019)