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 Connection Peer Support Group program. Support Group Facilitators provide support, education, and practical knowledge to other people living with mental illness. Groups meet weekly under the guidance of 2 Volunteer Facilitators.
Volunteer Responsibilities: ▪ Offer respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope to peers in the group coping with mental illness ▪ 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 Director of Signature Programs
Volunteer Requirements: ▪ Personal experience having a mental illness and living well in recovery ▪ Complete a 2-day training program provided by NAMI. The next Connection Support Group Facilitator training will be held on September 22-23 in Prince George's County. ▪ Current member of NAMI, or willingness to join ▪ Volunteers are kindly asked to make a 12 month commitment upon completion of training. Facilitators are scheduled on a rotating basis; minimum 1.5 hours per month.
Counseling / Mental Health
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
1.5 hours per month for a year
- Have lived experience with mental illness - Attend a 2-day training to become a facilitator