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NAMI Wake County is a 100% volunteer organization. We have no paid staff. All of our programs and advocacy are the result
of the efforts of volunteer leaders and people, like you, who have a passion for helping people living with severe mental illnesses
and their relatives.
Data Base Support: At present, we are looking for a couple of special people who are experienced working with computers
and data systems. In particular, we need people who are knowledgeable and experienced entering data and generating reports
from data base systems. The ideal candidates should be detail-oriented self-starters and they should be able to work alone. The
work can be done from your home (or office) or working in our office in downtown Raleigh. If you meet these criteria and have 4
hours per week to help maintain our data base, please email your resume to Ann Akland: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for people to volunteer for our Advocacy Committee. Our primary focus for the next six months is
advocacy with the NC DHHS and the Legislature for adequate funding to keep quality, recovery-oriented group homes operating.
We need people to write and research issues, network with other organizations, contact elected officials, capture and edit video,
write letters, and keep our entire grassroots coalition informed and working in concert. If you are interested and have some time to
volunteer, please send your resume to Ann Akland for more information: email@example.com.
NAMI Wake Mail Crew. Every month, the mail crew meets to put stickers on the newsletters to prepare them for mailing.
This is a fun time. Contact Alden Hansen for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT): We need volunteers to help with snacks for the officers.
What is the CIT program and why is it important to NAMI? In the late 1980s, a Memphis police officer shot and killed a man
with serious mental illness. The resulting community uproar led eventually to a novel community approach to address how the
police deal with people with mental illness. This approach is known as the crisis intervention team model (CIT). CIT partners with
the law enforcement community with the mental health system,and with people with mental illness, and their families. Viewing the
frequent contact between law enforcement and people with mental illness as an opportunity for the community to avoid potential
problems, the CIT model equips a suitable team of patrol officers with specialized skills for crisis de-escalation and also creates a
community team to assist in the training of these officers and the ongoing community CIT program.
NAMI Wake County, Wake County Human Services, and several Wake law enforcement agencies brought the first CIT
Program to North Carolina. It is making a difference in our community and state.
How you can help:
Can you make and deliver a homemade snack, e.g. cookies, brownies,etc. to share with the officers?
Will you work a shift ensuring that the refreshment table is stocked, coffee made, and soft drinks kept cold? Our NAMI Wake
volunteers send a message to the officers that we appreciate efforts by Wake County law enforcement to learn about mental
illness in order to react effectively and safely.
If you want, you can sit in on the training class during your shift. Previous volunteers have remarked that they learned a lot and
really enjoyed the session. Come see for yourself!
Also, are you a person living with a mental illness? Would you like to share your story with the officers during the training? If so,
please let Mary know.
Contact Mary O’Neal for more information or to sign up: email@example.com
NAMI Wake County needs more trained Family Support Group Facilitators, BASICS
Teachers, Family to Family Teachers, and Connections Facilitators. Please consider
training and leading one of these groups or classes.
NAMI Wake has a shortage of teachers and facilitators for our education classes and support groups. There are only two
requirements to becoming a NAMI teacher:
1. you are willing to share your knowledge with others by becoming a trained NAMI teacher, and
2. you have previously taken NAMI’s Family to Family program or NAMI’s Basics.
If you are a trained Family to Family Teacher, NAMI NC is offering a refresher retreat on March 23, 2013. Contact Brenda Piper:
919-788-0801, 800-451-9682 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
The NAMI Basics Teacher training has been scheduled by NAMI NC for May 17-19, 2013. Family to Family Teacher training has
tentatively been scheduled for August. However, we will set up our own Wake County training if there are enough volunteers.
NAMI NC is also holding a Family Support Group Facilitator Training, April 5-7 and more facilitators are needed to address our on-
going program in Wake Forest as well as planned expansions to other parts of the County. The more trained facilitators the easier
it is to form teams to address the needs.
A NAMI Connections Support Group for people living with mental illness is scheduled for September but NAMI Wake will schedule
another class sooner if there are enough participants.
If interested, please email Gerry Akland (email@example.com) or call at, 919-266-0766.
* All dates are tentative and training sites will be determined by area where most interest is received.
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