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The Rewards of Volunteering

Where do you meet the most wonderful people? Volunteering and giving back to the community. The NAMI volunteers are an awesome group and we invite you to join us by becoming a volunteer. A real sense of meaning and purpose can be gained by contributing to the well-being of others and making a difference in their lives.

How Can I Get Involved?

NAMI-ACS is always looking for people who want to help those dealing with mental illness. Below are some of the ways you can get involved.

How NAMI-ACS has helped the community

We are excited about our plans to implement many of the NAMI Signature Education Programs and other NAMI Programs to meet our local community's mental health needs. With caregiver programs in English and Mandarin established, we want to reach out to our Spanish speaking community.

In addition, we are focusing on implementing NAMI programs with consumer participation and those to meet ethnic and cultural needs of our community.

As for our consumers, we are getting exceptional results with our IOOV program in hospital settings. Following is a comment from clinical staff in the Occupational Therapy unit at John George Psychiatric Hospital in San Leandro."The patients left inspired. The best two comments that I heard during the presentation was 'I want what she has' and another patient making a comment after the presenter said 'you are smart and you can have recovery'. This was after seeing a series of pictures of historical people who had mental illness. The patient I am referring to was one that has attended college but had a relapse. She commented that it made her feel like she had 'hope'. There was great dialogue between the patients and presenters.  The presenters were wonderful! They said the right things that motivated our patients to take ownership of their illness. The comments on the evaluation forms reflect the great outcome of this group."