NAMI-Yolo - a chapter of NAMI, the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness


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Volunteer Opportunities


Do you have an hour or two to spare? Just once a year, once a month or once a week? NAMI-Yolo has many opportunities to help in many programs. Some need a lot of people just once a year. Other needs are ongoing.

To sign up for volunteer opportunities, please phone 530-756-8181; send email or mail  NAMI-Yolo P.O. Box 447 Davis 95617 attn: Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteers are the core of our organization. Please lend a hand and help NAMI-Yolo continue to offer the education, advocacy and support that are so important to the individuals and their loved ones in our community who live with mental illness.

Volunteer Needs

Board and Coordinator positions

  • Vice-President

  • Board Member at Large

  • Potluck / Speaker Coordinator

  • Peer to Peer Coordinator

  • Fundraising

Graphics Design
Help create flyers, posters etc. to publicize activities and events.


  • Advocacy/ committee work

  • Attend local mental health-related meetings


  • Religious Outreach

  • Fundraising and/or grant writing

  • Mailings

  • Monthly Potlucks - Setup, Cleanup or coordinate.

  • Writing feature articles for local media

  • Farmers Market & other community outreach


  • Support Group Leader

  • Family to Family Teacher

  • Peer to Peer Mentor/Teacher

  • NAMI Connection / Support Group leader


  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW): October

  • Holiday Party - December

  • Pat Williams Mental Health Dinner: February

  • NAMI Walks - April

Yolo CAN-Do
Volunteers help plan and lead refreshments, conversations, and activities ranging from exercise & sports to arts & crafts, music & drama at Homestead Coop in East Davis. A senior mentor always accompanies less experienced volunteers. Schedule is 12:30-2:30pm on 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month.

    Ways to Help

  • Provide refreshments.
  • Introduce table talk topics and keep conversations going.
  • Suggest and lead after-lunch activity - toss a ball, call Bingo.
  • Play guitar or piano to accompany Sing-Along (folk song books provided).
  • Lead warm-up exercises and entry-level dancercise (hip hop abs DVD provided).
  • Lead book club, entry-level drama or play-reading group.
  • Organize and manage a ping-pong tournament (equipment provided).
  • Organize and manage a fashion show (from thrift store choices).
  • Experienced volunteers might also help escort groups to such community events as the Wednesday night Davis Farmers Market concerts.

If nothing above meets your interests but you still would like to volunteer, please contact us so  we can discuss how you can help.