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Volunteer Opportunities

We’re always looking for reliable volunteers who share our dedication to building better lives for individuals and families in Sonoma County who are affected by mental illness. Please see the opportunities below. To get started, call our office at 707-527-6655 to request a Volunteer application. Thank you for your interest!

NAMI Warmline Volunteer

What you will do:

  • Be trained to respond to help-seekers contacting the Warmline by telephone, email, live chat or instant messaging
  • Respond to questions related to a wide range of issues/experiences related to mental illness; help-seekers are often family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • Use active and reflective listening
  • Provide empathetic support
  • Offer information and referrals to community resources
  • Accept one 2-3 hour shift per week in the NAMI Office for a 3- to 6-month period

Qualifications Needed:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • MS Office, data entry & experience using computer technology
  • Be comfortable communicating with individuals affected by moderate to severe mental health conditions and a wide variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Spanish language skills ideal

Reports to: NAMI Peer & Family Support Manager 

How to Apply: Email completed NAMI Volunteer Application to Whitney Rodgers at wrodgers@namisoco.org; submitting a resume is recommended

NAMI Presenter

What you will do:

  • Share your story about an experience with mental illness
  • Be trained as a NAMI Ending the Silence or In Our Own Voice presenter, nationally recognized educational presentations designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness
  • Make presentations to groups of high school students and/or community organizations in Sonoma County
  • Commit to conducting presentations scheduled in advance, during school hours; may require one to four hours – to be agreed upon in advance

Qualifications Needed:

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Be 18+ years, with lived experience with mental illness who is now in recovery
  • Be willing to share your story to raise awareness and understanding and deliver a message of the hope
  • Be a reliable presenter; once a schedule is agreed upon, NAMI will need to depend upon you to meet that schedule

Reports to: NAMI Signature Program Manager

How to Apply: Email completed NAMI Volunteer Application to Lisa Kubiak at lkubiak@namisoco.org; submitting a resume is recommended

NAMI Communications Assistant

What you will do:

  • Design social media and website postings to promote community awareness of our programs and services with guidance on content
  • Assist with development of a quarterly newsletter
  • Assist with development of press releases.

Qualifications Needed:

  • Excellent communication skills, including accurate spelling & grammar
  • MS Office experience
  • Strong organizational skills; keen attention to detail
  • Graphic design background; ability to create clear, compelling content
  • Willingness to take direction & work as a team member

Reports to: Executive Director

How to Apply: Email completed NAMI Application form to Mary-Frances Walsh at mfwalsh@namisoco.org; submitting a resume is required

NAMI Reception Assistant

What you will do:

  • Greet visitors, inquire as to how you can be of help
  • Take steps to direct them accordingly
  • Answer phones; redirect calls to the appropriate staff member or volunteer, or take messages
  • Open and sort incoming mail
  • Create thank you letters or other routine correspondence in Word
  • Assist with mailings or email blasts
  • Assist with data entry

Qualifications Needed:

  • Excellent communication skills, warm and welcoming manner
  • Accurate spelling & grammar
  • MS Office experience
  • Strong organizational skills; good attention to detail
  • Willingness to take direction & work as a team member

Reports to: Office Manager

How to Apply: Email completed NAMI Volunteer Application to Christabel Rico at crico@namisoco.org

 

 

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