Advocacy Volunteers

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NAMI Minnesota
1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55104

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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Advocacy Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping NAMI Minnesota advocate for people living with mental illnesses and their families. While we do not provide personal advocates, we do work at the local and state level to enact positive changes in the mental health system.

NAMI Minnesota maintains a strong presence at the Minnesota Legislature by advocating and supporting issues important to persons with mental illness and their families. Through our grassroots organizing and participation on work groups and committees that address issues related to mental illnesses, our staff and volunteers make a difference. 

We highly encourage anyone wishing to advocate start by signing up for NAMI Minnesota Legislative Updates.  Not only will this provide current information on legislative issues, it will give you an opportunity to directly respond to calls for action.

To Apply: Please submit the online Volunteer Application and note your specific interest in the field provided.  Feel free to attach a resume, cover letter, short personal story, or additional supporting documents if you desire. If you are a current NAMI volunteer and have a recent application on-file, there’s no need to re-apply - Just email volunteer.resources@namimn.org and include your name, contact information, and the placement/position you are interested in.

If you require hard-copy application materials or have further questions, please contact us at 651-645-2948 x110 or via email.

Legislative Committee Member
The public policy and legislative committee works to influence legislation and public policies that affect the lives of children and adults living with mental illness, their families, and the professionals that who care for them.  Committee members attend monthly meetings (currently held the second Tuesday of every month in the evening), help educate NAMI Minnesota members and elected officials, and lobby for legislation (most Thursday mornings during the legislative session).  Candidates should be familiar with the legislative process, have good oral and written communication skills, and be willing to commit to 6+ hours each month for a minimum of a year.

House Party Host/Hostess

Every year NAMI Minnesota organizes a series of house parties to give local communities the opportunity to meet with their state legislators and discuss mental health matters. If you are interested in opening your home to NAMI members and special guests (6+ as space allows), providing light refreshments if able, and sharing your personal stories and experiences, consider hosting an informal House Party for NAMI Minnesota. These events are great way to connect with elected officials and help educate them about the importance of mental health services.

Personal Story Contributor

You can connect with legislators and tell your story by testifying at upcoming legislative hearings, writing letters or emails to your state legislators, authoring op-eds for your local paper and by agreeing to be subjects of newspaper articles on through participating in various surveys.