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President’s Corner: Be a supporter this holiday season

Hi All, It’s me again!

If you recall in the last newsletter, Chester, IL was holding their Annual Fall Festival on October 19 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There was going to be food, crafts, vendors, flea market, antiques, inflatables & games for the kids, a costume parade, pumpkin carving and more. Since Chester is in Randolph County which is one of the six counties that our affiliate serves, NAMI SWI participated at the festival by having a Mental Health Booth. Aaron Keifer and I manned the booth and had a great time. NAMI SWI was represented well with a lot of information as well as treats too. I was so excited to spread the great news about our newly-formed support group meetings in Randolph County. Chester, IL was filled with warm and fun-loving people.

Be a Supporter
I encourage all to continue to be a supporter. Use your voice. Help us accomplish our goals by:

  • Becoming a NAMI-SWI Member – There is strength in numbers. Your membership and the membership of your family members make a difference!
  • Becoming a Volunteer and/or Instructor – NAMI SWI is run almost entirely by family members and consumers. If you’ve benefited from NAMI’s programs, consider giving back by contacting us! Sign up to volunteer once a week, once a month, or even for special projects (e.g. our fundraising walk and other promotions). Students may be able to earn volunteer credit through participation in a NAMI event!
  • Spread the Word – NAMI’s most effective marketers are the members. Let others know about NAMI SWI, what it is, and what we do. Take a newsletter or flyer to your local school, churches, libraries, bookstores, hospitals, mental health facilities, grocery stores, hardware stores, etc. Tell these organizations you’d be happy to have someone come talk about NAMI SWI. We can make a presentation, or speak to your group, during the National Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Schizophrenia Awareness Week, National Bipolar Awareness week, National Mental Health month or ANYTIME of the year.
  • Monetary Donations – We understand all are busy and have a daily agenda. If you cannot donate your time, please consider monetary donations on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. This helps to keep the organization strong and provide more resources. We keep our programs and classes free for all and it will continue through your awesome contributions of support.

In this winter season make sure to keep your hearts warm in supporting individuals who may struggle this time of year. NAMI, in general, is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Don’t keep this awesome information to yourself. Pass it on in hopes of helping. Let’s make a big impact!

Have a blessed holiday season and a great 2020!!

Sonja Vauters, MBA
NAMI SWI President

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