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NAMI Montgomery County is looking to add new volunteers to our Program Team! We have openings for class teachers and support group facilitators. 

We need the help of volunteers to respond to the ever-increasing demand for mental health support, especially during this time. Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of NAMI MC. Volunteers help to better the lives of people affected by mental illness through sharing their personal experiences, talents, and skills.

If you would like to learn more about what volunteering is like or the application process, please email Nicole Lucas at nicole@namimc.org.

NOTE: Volunteer training procedures and experiences may vary depending on COVID-19 modifications. Some of NAMI MC’s programs are “on hold” due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, we are still seeking interested volunteers for when programs resume.

NAMI volunteers are highly-trained and undergo various steps of training, shadowing, and practicing before becoming a full volunteer. This process could take between 2 – 6 months. Please be aware that you may not begin volunteering with NAMI immediately upon applying.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. 

Volunteer Application Process

  1. Complete the NAMI MC Volunteer Interest Google Form: Click here.
  2. Connect with NAMI MC Program Staff: Someone will contact you after you submit your interest form and schedule an interview. 
  3. Interview with a NAMI MC Program Staff member to determine your volunteering placement. 
  4. Complete additional NAMI Maryland application materials. 
  5. Attend relevant NAMI program training and NAMI MC Orientation sessions.

 

Volunteer Roles

Course Instructor

Educate people living with mental illness and/or their family members on various aspects of mental health including, treatment, mental illness diagnoses, symptoms of mental illness, local mental health resources, and much more. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have “lived experience” with mental illness, meaning that you have substantial experience as a caregiver and/or are an individual living with mental illness.
  • Must have taken the NAMI course for which you are interested in volunteering and graduated.
  • Must apply for and attend a NAMI state training for the class.
  • Must attend a NAMI Montgomery County orientation training. 
  • Must remain active, due-paying NAMI members. 

DUTIES

  • Coordinate with the Program Manager on the logistics of the class (materials, co-teacher, dates, location, etc).
  • Introduce yourself to participants via phone and email prior to the start of the class.
  • Disseminate all materials during class including pre and post-surveys.
  • Identify potential volunteers and donors.
  • Alert Program Manager to any issues within the class.
  • Agree to adhere to fidelity to the class model at all times. 
  • Commit to teach 2 classes per year.

COURSES

  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer: Prospective instructors are adults in recovery with a mental health condition.
    • Available in English only.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family: Prospective instructors must be adult family members (parents, siblings, adult children, spouses, partners, etc.) of a person with a mental health condition.
    • Available in English and Spanish.
  • NAMI Bases Y Fundamentos: Prospective instructors must be parents or other primary caregivers of a person who exhibited mental health symptoms prior to age 13 (the formal diagnosis may have been made years later, but symptoms appeared prior to age 13).
    • Available in Spanish only.

Support Group Facilitator

Facilitate recovery support groups for people living with mental illness and/or their family members. Support groups are ongoing and facilitated by two trained volunteers. All groups are open to all, and participants do not need to attend every session

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have “lived experience” with mental illness, meaning that you have substantial experience as a caregiver and/or are an individual living with mental illness.
  • Must have attended at least 2 support group sessions.
  • Must apply for and attend a NAMI state training for the support group.
  • Must attend a NAMI Montgomery County orientation training.
  • Must remain active, due-paying NAMI members. 

DUTIES

  • Coordinate with the Program Manager on the logistics of the support group (materials, co-facilitator, substitute facilitator, dates, location, etc).
  • Disseminate materials during the session, as necessary.
  • Ensure that all participants fill out a sign-in sheet and return the sheet to NAMI Montgomery County Program Staff.
  • Identify potential volunteers and donors.
  • Alert Program Manager to any issues within the group.
  • Agree to adhere to fidelity to the support group model at all times. 
  • Commit to co-facilitating a support group for at least 2 years.

GROUPS

  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group: Prospective facilitators are adults in recovery with a mental health condition.
    • Available in English and Spanish.
  • NAMI Family Support Group: Prospective facilitators must be adult family members (parents, siblings, adult children, spouses, partners, etc.) of an individual living with a mental health condition.
    • Available in English and Spanish.

Presenter

Share your lived experience with mental illness or your experience as a caregiver of a loved one with mental illness to educate the community and help end mental illness stigma.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have a story of “lived experience”.
  • Be comfortable speaking to small and large audiences.
  • Willing and able to undergo intensive training. Must attend a NAMI State Training for the NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation.
  • Must attend a NAMI Montgomery County Training for Compartiendo Esperanza.
  • Must attend a NAMI Montgomery County orientation training.
  • Must remain active, due-paying NAMI member. 

DUTIES

  • Coordinate with the Program Manager on the logistics of the presentation (materials, co-facilitator, dates, location, etc).
  • Disseminate materials during the session, as necessary.
  • Identify potential volunteers and donors as well as potential presentation sites.
  • Alert Program Manager to any issues within the presentation.
  • Agree to adhere to fidelity to the presentation model at all times. 
  • Commit to 10 presentations per year.

PRESENTATIONS

  • NAMI In Our Own Voice: Prospective presenters are adults in recovery with a mental health condition.
    • Available in English only.
  • NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza: Prospective presenters are adults with lived mental health experience.Available in Spanish only.

Resource Navigator

Through the NAMI in the Lobby program, volunteers assist families in accessing mental health resources, providing guidance and support, and teaching them about NAMI MC’s program offerings.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have lived experience with mental health crises and recovery.
  • Must be: comfortable in a hospital setting AND a great listener, patient, and friendly.
  • Must have basic computer skills including but not limited to: accessing email regularly, using Google Calendar and other Google Drive features. 
  • Must attend a NAMI Montgomery County orientation training.
  • Must remain active, due-paying NAMI members. 

DUTIES

  • Complete intake forms for clients to capture program data.
  • Teach clients about NAMI MC and what it offers.
  • Provide clients with relevant resources.
  • Notify the Program Manager about any issues.
  • Must commit to 2 shifts per month.

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