Volunteer

THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering with NAMI DuPage and helping our organization provide support, education and advocacy to the thousands of individuals and families living with mental illness in DuPage County and beyond. Our valued volunteers have been and will continue to be the heart and soul of our organization.

NAMI DuPage offers a variety of program volunteer opportunities and limited internships for those wishing to support our organization and mission. Please spend a few minutes reviewing the various programs to determine your area of interest before completing a Volunteer Application.

To Apply:

Please complete the online Volunteer Application. Feel free to attach a resume, cover letter or any additional supporting documentation. If you have volunteered for NAMI DuPage in the recent past, there is no need to re-apply.

Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by a member of NAMI DuPage’s senior leadership team for an initial screening interview. These phone interviews generally last about 15-20 minutes and provide us with better knowledge of your skill sets and task preferences as a volunteer thereby allowing us to determine if there is a volunteer opportunity that is a good fit for both you and our organization.

Following the initial screening interview, your name will be referred on to a specific program director, in your areas of interest, to conduct a second interview. The second interview will be conducted in person at our office in Wheaton. If you are chosen for a particular position from the pool of applicants, we will provide you with a volunteer handbook to review.

Click here for the Volunteer application

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Support Volunteers

Support Group Facilitator: Support groups are run by trained volunteers and are peer-to-peer support groups, not therapy groups. The role of a support group facilitator is one of managing group dynamics and guiding participants and not about counseling or providing therapy. Facilitators must be willing to self-identify as living with mental illness, be living well in recovery and have good interpersonal communication skills.

 

  • Education Volunteers

Instructors for Family-to-Family, Basics, and WRAP classes

Potential candidates must be a first-degree family member of someone living with a mental illness and have successfully completed the F2F or BASICS course.F2F must be willing to commit to teaching two full series of 12 week classes; BASIC teacher must be willing to commit to teaching two full series 6 week classes and offer their courses within 2 years of training as a teacher.

 

  • Community Outreach Volunteers

Speakers Bureau Presenter: Speakers provide a pre-packaged presentation to community groups, schools, and other organizations wanting to learn about mental illness signs and symptoms, available resources and ways to reduce the stigma. Speakers must be willing to share their personal story and perspective that is geared towards different audiences to let them know that they are not alone.

  • Event Volunteers

Special events volunteers are critical to the success of our major fundraising events and work behind the scenes to ensure that our donors and supporters have enjoyable experiences.

  • Shine A Light Gala: The Gala is NAMI DuPage’s largest fundraising event of the year and is held in early May. The themed-event features dinner, entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions.

Committee members are needed to help plan the annual Gala. Duties include attending meetings, obtaining sponsorships and ads, procuring auction items, distributing publicity materials, recruiting guests and attending the event. Committee members should feel comfortable asking for donations and soliciting support from the business community and be able to work independently.

Volunteers are also needed in several shifts on the Gala event day for set up and clean-up, selling raffle tickets, helping with the silent auction items and assisting guests.

  • Run For The Mind 5k run/walk : The run/walk is held during the last Saturday in September through the streets of Wheaton where participants can join together to combat stigma and raise funds for NAMI DuPage’s mental health programs.

Volunteers are needs on the run/walk day to assist with event set-up and clean-up, staffing water stations; directing runners/walkers along the route; displaying sponsor signage; serving food and beverage at the post-race BBQ and cheering on the participants.

  1. Uncorked & Uncapped Wine & Craft Beer Tasting: The wine & craft beer tasting is a casual event held during the 2nd Thursday in November, where participants (age restricted to 21 or older) can sample various wines and craft beers paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by NAMI DuPage’s RISE & Shine Café. Participants may order a supply of the featured wine and craft beers, in preparation for the holiday season, from the designated wine/beer vendor.

 

Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up and clean-up, serving food, selling raffle tickets. Volunteers (21 years or older) are also needed to serve samples of the featured wines and craft beers and must be BASSET trained and certified.

 

  • Office Volunteers
  • Resource Line: Trained volunteers are needed to help answer caller’s questions and help connect them to NAMI program leaders and other mental health resources.
  • Data Entry: Volunteers are needed to enter data from our program evaluations.
  • Mailings: Volunteers are needed to help prepare postal mailing for special events and appeal from time to time.

 

  • Workforce Development Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help mentoring clients enrolled in our workforce development curriculum program, including but not limited to: resume writing, interviewing, managing workplace expectations and financial literacy.

Volunteers are needed to work in the RISE & Shine Café or RISE & Shine Print Shop to develop job-related skills.

  • Social/Recreation Volunteers:

Volunteers are needed to instruct or assist in various social/recreation programs, including, but not limited to, art therapy, music, yoga, women’s jewelry making, nutrition, physical ed., card and board games, and off-site excursions. Classes are held during the days and evenings in various locations throughout DuPage County

 

Internship Opportunities

NAMI DuPage offers limited, unpaid internships during the year for students at local colleges wanting to gain hands-on experience in a mental health nonprofit organization. Internships last approx.. 3-4 months in duration, and average approx. 10-20 hours per week. Schedules are arranged between the direct supervisor and intern and allow for flexibility. Interns are required to keep a daily log of their work hours.

Please note that NAMI DuPage cannot accept interns wishing to complete psychology, social work or counseling related practicum requirements in meeting with NAMI support group clients due to the confidentiality of client relationships. Interns are welcome to interact with clients in other NAMI DuPage programs such as Community Education, Social/Recreation and Workforce Development.