The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Volunteers are needed to serve as teachers for NAMI's Family-To-Family education course. This is a free, 12-week class for families and friends of adults with mental illness. The course is taught by 2 volunteer Teachers who provide information about mental illness, as well as communication, problem solving skills, and strategies to support a loved one with a mental illness.
Role Requirements: ▪ Personal experience having an adult family member with a mental illness ▪ Complete a 3-day training program provided by NAMI. Available Friday through Sunday only. The next Family-to-Family Teacher training will be held on November 9-11, 2018 in Prince George's County. ▪ Current member of NAMI, or willingness to join ▪ Volunteers are encouraged to teach the course at least twice in the 2 years following completion of training. The course meets for 2 hours for 12 consecutive weeks.
Volunteer Responsibilities: ▪ Maintain confidentiality of course participants ▪ Work cooperatively with a co-teacher to conduct the courses ▪ Coordinate classes with the Director of Signature Programs, including completion of all required paperwork ▪ Complete online refresher course every 2 years ▪ Assist with planning and outreach for the course
Counseling / Mental Health
Teaching / Instruction
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
2.5 hours per week for 12 weeks
▪ Personal experience having an adult family member with a mental illness▪ 3-day training