Become a Volunteer
Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of NAMI Dane County. Volunteers help to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness by sharing their personal experiences, talents, and skills. Whether you are giving your time because our programs have helped you or a loved one or you are passionate about mental health, you can make a difference.
There are many ways to get involved:
Become a trained peer-leader to facilitate a support group or teach a class:
Be a leader: Family and recovery focused support groups utilize collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. We encourage those interested in potentially facilitating groups to attend regularly. Additional training will be provided.
Share your story to help others understand mental illness:
High Schools: Get trained to be a part of our Ending the Silence (ETS) presentation, which is 50-minute prevention and early intervention program that engages high school students in a discussion about mental health. This presentation is structured to be delivered by a two-person team, one of whom is a young adult living in recovery (18-30 yrs. old). The lead presenter is an adult who identifies as a family member or a person living in recovery.
Police Officer Trainings: Become a part of a family or recovery focused panel for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trainings for officers and help improve the interactions that individuals living with a mental health condition have with law enforcement. Additional training will be provided.
Community Presentations: Get trained to be a part of our NAMI In Your Own Voice(IOOV) program, which is a 60 or 90-minute presentation provided free of cost to community members. IOOV provides a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. This presentation is structured to be delivered by a two-person team.
Raise mental health awareness through fundraising and events:
NAMIWalk: Volunteer to help combat stigma and fundraise for NAMI Dane County during our annual NAMIWalks event. Over 50 volunteers are needed on WALK day to assist with event set-up, clean-up, activities, and logistics.
Fundraising and Major Event Commitees: Volunteer to be a part of a variety of opportunities to engage in event planning, help with logistics, and perform hands-on activities. These commitees will be involved with planning the banquet and the 40th anniversary celebration!
Advocate in Dane County for quality mental health care services
Be an advocate: An important part of our work at NAMI Dane County is the role we play as advocates for better quality mental health services, and the support services needed to live in recovery. You can get involved by connecting with your legislators and advocating for two national NAMI legislative priorities: reducing mental illness related incarcerations and focusing on youth mental health initiatives.
All prospective volunteers should complete the Volunteer Application below. After submitting an application, you will be contacted to discuss your interests and next steps. For detailed descriptions and explanations about all of our volunteer offerings, check out our Volunteer Handbook!
If you have questions about volunteering please call the office at 608-249-7188 or send us a message on the Contact Us page.