Volunteers are still needed for the Washington County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The group was formed in August 2018 and has since held meetings monthly to raise awareness and try to form a group specifically for Washington County. However, they are a small group and are looking to grow with volunteers in order to reach more people.
“Our main focus is getting the word out about our need for forming a committee in Washington County,” said organizer Julie Todd.
Currently, the Washington County Chapter is in the process of becoming affiliated with NAMI and will be upon approval of submitted paperwork. Todd said the goal with creating a local chapter is to get people into the organization and trained to be facilitators for support groups.
“Basically the goal of NAMI itself is to provide more support for people with mental illness or for caretakers of people with mental illness,” she said. “By becoming affiliated with NAMI, it opens us up to different training opportunities to provide those support groups in our own community, so that is the goal for us.”
Providing local support groups is the main ambition for the Washington County NAMI chapter as they move forward. They are hoping to get more volunteers to begin informing the community about their mission and be a resource for those who need one.
They hope to eventually bring in monthly speakers for meetings that will be free and open to the community.
Currently, the group is slowly moving forward with its goals but is encouraging community members to join to help with fundraising efforts to bring in speakers who can provide information on a variety of mental health-related topics.
The next meeting of the Washington County NAMI chapter will be Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
Anyone wishing to join or seeking more information can contact Julie Todd at: 319-671-3526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.