Volunteers play a significant role in expanding the reach and impact an agency has in the community it serves. Working alongside staff, volunteers bring knowledge, perspective and skills that augment the organization's capacity. If you have an interest in mental health or want to be part of a mission to reduce stigma and help individuals live mentally healthier lives, here is a brief description of opportunities at MHA.
- MHA maintains an online Support Group Directory, helping thousands of people each year find meetings that help them meet the challenges of their particular concern. Support groups can sometimes be difficult to find, and because MHA is known for having the most comprehensive directory in the metro area, it's imperative we have the most up-to-date information possible. It's time for us to update the directory, and a volunteer can make that happen! This opportunity could also be an option for a practicum student. Here are some of the skills needed for this position.
- Comfortable working with spreadsheets, doing online research and making phone calls to verify information
- Highly organized, very detail-oriented, and tenacious with follow-through
- Can volunteer 10 to 15 hours each week
- We periodically need general administrative assistance to help keep everything running smoothly. This type of help can include organizing handout packets for wellness seminars, data entry, etc.
- College students in a variety of social service fields are required to complete a practicum as part of their coursework. MHA typically has two practicum opportunities. In most cases, a two semester (or summer and semester) commitment is preferred. A practicum opportunity is currently available in our Representative Payee Program. This program provides fiscal management services for individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Every client receives a budget plan for monthly essential needs, payments of current/past bills, weekly allowance, limited level of case management, and a plan of action on "How to Save". By working with clients in this program, you'll help them live as independently as possible. You'll interact with clients and assist the Director and Administrative Assistant of the program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- attend client budget meetings
- manage accounts
- process reports
- manage client data
- conduct survey interviews
Ideal candidate will have completed coursework that provides basic understanding of psychiatric disorders, symptomology and treatment.
For initial questions about our volunteer opportunities, please call LaDonna at 314-773-1399.