Happy June everyone! We had a great Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in May, followed by our Annual Meeting and the Election. It has been busy, to say the least! We are still in the process of finalizing election results, so we will bring that information to you in July’s newsletter.
Our Volunteer Appreciation dinner is my favorite event of the year! I get to talk with our volunteers and I feel like every time, I get to know everyone just a little bit better. It’s not often we get to connect the different parts of our agency. We each have our different roles and we work together, yet separately at the same time. Connecting with each other reminds us of just how amazing our group is. We each have our own journeys and stories, and they are all different from each other, yet at the same time we share many similarities. The main thing we all share is a passion for NAMI Spokane and the work we do. Not very many people get to work with people that love what they do, but we get to do that every day! Thank you to all of our Volunteers for what they do, we would not be the amazing agency we are without our Volunteers!!!!
If You Are in Crisis
For emergencies: Dial ‘911’
Spokane’s ‘First Call for Help’: 509-838-4428
NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or Text “NAMI” to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: – 1-800-273-8255 or Online Chat
National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or Text 66008 or Online Chat
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online Chat
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or Online Chat
NAMI Spokane is a grassroots, nonprofit, all volunteer organization. We advocate for those who live with mental illnesses and their families. We rely on the talents and generosity of our member volunteers to maintain our office headquarters in the Peyton Building and leading our many education and support programs.
We are excited to have new people join our organization, assisting as we continue the advocacy to erase the stigma of living with mental illness. Please join us today! Dues are only $35 per year. If you are considering financial gifting, we would like to remind you that donations to NAMI Spokane are tax deductible.
To pay dues or to donate to NAMI Spokane using a credit card or PayPal:
Thank you to all the volunteers who came to the NAMI Volunteer Appreciation Event and Annual Meeting! Congratulations to this year’s award winners! Volunteer of the Year: Cindy Gleesing and Shamra Schmitz Andrews Life Time Achievement: Rosemary Stewart, Lynda McPhee,...read more
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The Board would like to give a shout-out to NAMI’s amazing “tech guy” John Olp for fixing the office computer after it had been infected with a virus. Large kudos!! Also, to NAMI’s Work Group (Olivette, Karen, Linda, and Alina), thank you for taking the extra time to...read more
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NAMI is pleased to introduce our newest board member, Karen Lindholdt! Karen has worked as a public interest lawyer in the community for over 22 years. Much of her work has focused on representing indigent individuals on criminal charges, and thus she frequently works...read more
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NAMI extends a special thank you to Susan Higgins for her generous donation in memory of her late husband. He grew up in Spokane and would have appreciated seeing the donation remain in the Spokane community. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Susan and her family...read more