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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NAMI Clackamas volunteers represent the organization at events, help out in the office, teach classes, facilitate support groups and so many other things! No matter what your background, we have a volunteer position that will work for you. Please fill out our online volunteer application form

A few examples of current opportunities:

Ending the Silence Lead and Young Adult Presenters

Through this free classroom presentation, middle and high school students get to learn about mental health conditions, how to support their friends and how to get help. During the 60-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness, and an adult with a family member or loved one living with mental illness, tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

In Our Own Voice Presenters

In Our Own Voice is a 60 - 90-minute presentation where trained individuals in recovery from mental illness provide a presentation about living with mental illness and the path to recovery. By sharing personal stories of illness and recovery with businesses, a variety of community groups, and local colleges, universities and vocational schools, these presentations reduce stigma associated with mental illness and raise understanding.

Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are 90-minute free peer-based, mutual support groups for any adult living with a mental illness. Connection groups are led by two trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves and are at a point where they want to "give back to others" by offering encouragement and support through their own experiences. Successful facilitators are good listeners with an empathetic ear. Training is required and volunteers must commit to facilitating a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly group for at least one year.

Family Support Group Facilitator

NAMI Family Support Group is a weekly or monthly trained peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. In these groups, family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom. Training is required and volunteers must commit to facilitating a weekly or monthly group for at least one year.

Family-to-Family Teacher

Volunteers commit to teaching an 8-week course once a week for family members of individuals living with severe mental illness. This class discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to care for themselves as well as their loved one. Attending the course, as well as training, is required.

Peer-to-Peer Teacher

Volunteers commit to teaching an 8-week course once a week for individuals living with mental illness with a focus on maintaining recovery. Telling your story, relapse prevention planning, and an advance directive for psychiatric care are included in this class. Attending the course, as well as training is required. Please note this is a stipend eligible position. 

NAMI Basics Teacher

NAMI Basics is a free 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family members who provide care for youth, who are experiencing mental health symptoms or who have already been diagnosed. The course consists of 6 - 2.5-hour classes of instructional material, discussions, and interactive exercises and the classes are taught by adults with lived experience who share their story of caring for children living with mental health issues. Training is provided.

Community Outreach and Events

Represent NAMI Clackamas at local community events throughout Clackamas County to help us spread the word and bring public awareness to your local community about the services and support we offer to those dealing with mental health issues.

Aid and Assist/Mental Health Court 

Assist family members of County Jail or State Hospital incarcerated individuals. Your role would be to talk with the family members after their loved one’s court appearance about no-cost, barrier-free NAMI Clackamas programs and services that are available to them.

Other opportunities that come up throughout the year: (Posted as Needed)

Annual Fundraiser Gala

Annual Comedy Night

Social Media Outreach

Advocacy

Special Projects: In the Office and/or Remotely

For more information, contact Sheri Mascorro @ volunteercoor@namicc.org 

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