NAMI Minnesota has a variety of volunteer placement opportunities for individuals. There’s something to fit everyone’s schedule – from occasional to long-term engagements, and ranging from a handful of hours a month, to a few hours a week. Although we train and manage our programs from our state office in St. Paul, the majority of our volunteers (except those in administrative roles) complete their service within their local community.
Most of our placements are based on peer-peer models, so successful applicants will have the same peer qualifications of the program participants. For example: To lead a Connections Support Group for individuals personally living with mental illness, a candidate must be themselves, an individual living with mental illness who is doing well in recovery. Programs like Ending The Silence that are designed for young adults, are lead by other young adults using the NAMI model.
We are always happy to engage families, small groups, and corporate partners in volunteering with NAMI – though our group placement opportunities are often limited to our large events, DIY fundraisers, and Open Offices. We’re happy to explore options with you to create a custom volunteer opportunity with enough advanced notice.
If you follow the links below, you can explore similar placements and get a feel for some of our volunteer options, including the basic requirements and commitments of each. For more detailed information, scroll through our menu of full position descriptions. (Please note that due to the number of inquiries we receive, we rely on applicants to familiarize themselves with our programming and options. Staff do not have the capacity to provide informational interviews, and will prioritize submitted applications and focused inquiries.)
If you see something that speaks to you, please complete our online application. Once an app is received, we’ll review it and send along some personalized recommendations. We also encourage candidates to attend a Get2KnowNAMI presentation to learn more about us.