NAMI-NYC Volunteer Application Form
Volunteering with NAMI-NYC is an important contribution to our community and the community at large. Thank you for your interest!

This is a confidential form used by the NAMI-NYC staff for hiring purposes and in emergency situations only. All information is CONFIDENTIAL and will not be given to any party outside the NAMI-NYC staff person(s) supervising your position.

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Basic info about you
Your first and last name *
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Your zip code *
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What phone number can we reach you at? *
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Your email address *
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Days you're available to volunteer. Our office is open 10am to 6pm. *
I speak more than one language *
If yes, what other languages do you speak?
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Volunteer opportunities. Please check the position(s) that interest you:
Helpline & Resource Volunteer
Provide support, information, and mental health-related referrals about services for those who struggle with mental health recovery, to individuals living with mental illness, family members, and mental health professionals. The Helpline operates 11a-6p Monday through Friday. You must be able to dedicate at least one 3-4 hour shift per week - more than one shift may be available. Resource Volunteers work with the Support Programs Coordinator to ensure that Helpline resources and other support program information stays up to date. Excellent communication skills are required; multilingual a BIG plus; also, knowledge of Microsoft and Google tools is helpful.
Program Specific Volunteer
Program Volunteers provide support to NAMI-NYC services coordinators by preparing binders, entering collected data, and other tasks involved with keeping class and program information up to date. General office tools required; knowledge of Microsoft and Google tools a plus.
Clerical/Reception/Mailings/Data Entry
Volunteers assist us with office help, including mailings, answering phones, organizing files, making phone calls, creating documents in various computer applications (Word and Excel), and other office tasks. Whether you have office experience or not, we could use your help, either on a weekly or as-needed basis. These needs are variable throughout the month, but generally require at least 2-3 hours.
Special Events & Event Tabling
We need friendly bodies! Throughout the year, we have larger events, like NAMIWalks NYC in May, and our Seeds of Hope Gala in October. We also have monthly public education events, where we may need volunteers to sign people in and show them to their seats. Finally, we often participate in health fairs and other tabling events, where we need volunteers to share information about our programs and services and sign people up for our newsletter. Volunteering at small events usually requires a minimum of a 2-hour commitment, with a range of 3-5 hours for the big events.
Help us with our marketing efforts! 1) Maintain social media, by scheduling copy + links, creating graphics, and researching online for articles of interest; 2) Update NAMI NYC website, by publishing copy + links, and creating graphics; and 3) Publish Calendar listings on external websites, by publishing copy + links, and creating graphics if needed. You MUST have experience with: Twitter, IG, and Facebook; experience with Canva or Photoshop; Wordpress, or similar CMS (content management system); and Google drive tools. This can be more than one person, with each spending 2-4 hours/week.
The following volunteer opportunities require specialized training from our state affiliate, NAMI-New York State. If you're interested in any of these, you MUST contact the NAMI-NYC Helpline at 212-684-3264 or
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) Presenter: For adults living with mental illness only. Develop your public speaking skills and share your personal experience of recovery from mental illness to decrease stigma and increase public awareness about mental illness. IOOV is a structured outreach presentation with which you can become a role model for hope and recovery for other individuals with mental illness living in the community. The presentation puts a human face to mental illness and is also used to provide insight into the experience of recovery for mental health professionals, students, and family members.

Ending the Silence (ETS) Presenter: ETS is a 50 minutes presentation for Junior High and High School students. Presenters work in teams of two: a lead presenter (a family member or an individual living with a mental illness and a young adult 18-30 living in recovery). The lead presenter will be someone who have completed NAMI Basics, F2F or P2P and the young adult will share their experiences with the students. Both roles require training provided by NAMI-NYC with include both an online portion and an in person practice presentation. Presentations are done during school hours and anyone interested would need to be available between 8:00am-3 pm.

Family-to-Family Course Leader (only for graduates of the course): For family members only. Learn to teach this 12-week course that reviews aspects of mental illness, support, coping, medication and treatment, and navigating the mental health system.

Parent Matching Support Parent: For parents and caregivers of adolescents or young adults under 25. Experienced parents provide a small amount of telephone support to parents whose children have been recently diagnosed or who are struggling with new challenges. This commitment is approximately six hours a month and is done from home.

Basics Course Leader (only for graduates of the course): Parents and caregivers of children who became ill before the age of 13 only. Learn to teach this 6-week course for parents of children and adolescents that reviews the impact of mental illness on the family, treatment, support, coping, and navigating child serving systems.

Peer-to-Peer Course Leader (only for graduates of the course): For adults living with mental illness only. Learn to teach this 8-week experiential learning program for individuals who struggle with a persistent mental illness and who are interested in wellness and recovery.

Support Group Facilitator (for active members of a NAMI Support Group): For family members and adults living with mental illness only. Become a peer support group leader and provide support, education, and practical knowledge to other people living with mental illness and family members. Groups meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly throughout New York City. If you are interested in becoming a Support Group Facilitator, please begin actively attending one of our groups before applying to volunteer.

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