Outreach 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
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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Outreach Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping NAMI Minnesota reduce stigma, provide information, and educate others about mental illness through our outreach programming.

We are always keeping an eye out for dependable and personable individuals to help present our programs and connect others to NAMI and the resources we have to offer. Our presentation opportunities all follow a set model - while most include a small (5-minute) personal story component along with the pre-determined speaking points, we require that all outreach volunteers strictly follow the presentation model so that we can ensure accuracy and consistency. Opportunities are scheduled through the NAMI Minnesota office, generally require a few hours commitment per engagement, and our volunteers select those opportunities that fit their personal schedule.

We ask our outreach volunteers to actively respond to requests throughout the year with their availability, schedule a set number of engagements based on the specific opportunity, and serve for a full year or more. Most requests are for weekday engagements, and candidates should be aware that if selected, they may not be able to present often/on a regular basis due to the number of active volunteers.

Interested parties are highly encouraged to attend the NAMI presentation they are interested in providing before applying. Due to high volunteer interest, there is a significant wait-list for many of our outreach opportunities.

To Apply: Please submit the Volunteer Application online. 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.

Please Note: NAMI Minnesota cannot accept outreach volunteers wishing to provide/promote their own personal presentation format(s), professional speaking businesses or literary/artistic ventures.

NAMI in the Lobby Volunteer(Now Recruiting) 

Provide support to family members and friends who have a loved one in a local hospital. NAMI in the Lobby volunteers provide resources, education, and hope to others, share their personal experiences, and help to make the hospital environment more welcoming. Potential candidates must be a family or friend of someone living with mental illness and have visited that person in an inpatient setting. Volunteers concurrently serve with NAMI and the Hospital Site to provide this service. Please request the full position description for further details.

Speakers Bureau Presenter (Accepting wait-list applications) 

Do you feel passionate about reducing stigma and providing education to the masses? If so, consider becoming a member of the NAMI Speakers’ Bureau. Presenters provide a pre-packaged PowerPoint presentation to community groups, schools, and other organizations wishing to learn more about NAMI and Mental Illness. Presenters also help to combat stigma by sharing a bit of their personal story and perspective with the audience. Potential candidates should have good communication skills, be willing to learn and follow the presentation model, and be comfortable speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Presenters are asked to make a good faith commitment of two years as a Speakers Bureau Presenter.

In Our Own Voice Presenter (Accepting wait-list applications)

Do you have a compelling personal story about living with mental illness and achieving recovery to share? In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a public education program that includes a short video, personal testimony from two presenters living with a mental illness, and a question and answer period. There are five topics in the 60 to 90 minute "In Our Own Voice" presentation: Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping skills, and Successes, Hopes, and Dreams. Potential candidates should have good communication skills, be comfortable speaking to a wide variety of audiences, and be willing to share their story within the presentation model.