NAMI Southwest LA, Inc.:

  • Empowers families through education, support, advocacy, and information and referral
  • Educates the public by revealing personal experiences in the community
  • Partners in improving mental health system design
  • Supports program evaluation and research regarding mental illness

Most NAMI programs are organized by volunteer efforts. Volunteers always have been essential to the success of NAMI’s operations.


Volunteers and paid staff are therefore partners in implementing the mission and programs of the organization, with complementary roles.

Who are NAMI Volunteers?
A volunteer/intern is anyone who, without compensation or the expectation of compensation, performs a task at the direction of and on behalf of the organization. While NAMI uses volunteers from the general public, the majority of NAMI’s volunteers are families coping with the mental illness of a family member, health service providers and consumers of mental health services who are in recovery.

NAMI volunteers serve in the following capacities:

  • as clerical and secretarial office workers
  • as members of the Speakers Bureau
  • as outreach volunteers at community fairs, festivals and other community events
  • as trainers, peer education course teachers and peer support group facilitators
  • as members of board committees (standing and ad hoc), task forces and work groups, i.e.,
  • Nominating Committee
  • Finance & Administration Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Public Policy & Advocacy Committee
  • Fundraising:
  • Special Events Committee
  • Annual Letter Campaign Committee
  • as board members
  • plus much much more!


Equal Opportunity Policy
NAMI strongly maintains an equal opportunity policy.  We recruit, accept, train, promote, and dismiss volunteers on the basis of competence and job performance, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.


Volunteer Philosophy Statement
NAMI values volunteers as absolutely essential to NAMI Southwest Louisiana existence and ongoing vitality. NAMI aims to give volunteers meaningful responsibilities and recognition for work done; and. volunteers are expected to actively perform their duties to the best of their abilities, while remaining  loyal to the mission and vision of NAMI.


Interested in learning more about current volunteer opportunities?

Please feel out this Volunteer Interest Form and email it to Anastasia@namiswla.com

or Fax it to NAMI SWLA at 337-433-0219