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 Support Group Facilitators for NAMI's Family Support Group program. Support Group Facilitators provide support, education, and practical knowledge to other people living with mental illness and family members. Groups meet weekly under the guidance of 2 Volunteer Facilitators.
Role Requirements: ▪ Personal experience having an adult family member with a mental illness ▪ Complete a 2-day training program provided by NAMI. The next Family Support Group Facilitator training will be held on December 1-2, 2018 in Howard County. ▪ Current member of NAMI, or willingness to join ▪ Volunteers are kindly asked to make a 1-year commitment upon completion of training. Facilitators are scheduled on a rotating basis; minimum 2 hours per month.
Volunteer Responsibilities: ▪ Facilitators are not counselors or teachers; rather, they are present primarily to give the group structure by opening and closing each support group session, guiding discussion, and shifting discussion when necessary. ▪ Maintain confidentiality of support group attendees ▪ Work cooperatively with a co-facilitator to conduct the group ▪ Report attendance to the Director of Signature Programs
Counseling / Mental Health
Teaching / Instruction
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Minimum 2 hours per month
▪ Personal experience having an adult family member with a mental illness ▪ 2-day training