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Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts
VALLEY GIVES -- 12.12.13 -- GIVING to NAMI-WM !!
There are only two more days til the start of Valley Gives for NAMI-WM, the 24-online fundraiser for non-profits in Western Massachusetts. In addition to accepting donations online, NAMI-WM is also eligible to earn even more through cash prizes from Valley Gives.
NAMI-WM is there for all those affected by mental illness in Western Massachusetts. We're there in times of crisis, and we're there in times of recovery. Unlike many NAMI affiliates, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to have a small office in Agawam as our headquarters and a small staff to serve those in need. And without the generous help of our many dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to carry out our mission.
But...it does take money to keep our little office afloat, to have our 800 number hotline, to provide educational events, to offer important literature on mental health, and to do all of the many other things that we offer for free and are incredibly grateful to be able to do with the financial help of our supporters. These are extremely tough times economically for small non-profits like ourselves. We have a very small budget here at NAMI-WM. That means that every donation, no matter how small, makes a big difference in our ability to serve all those in need whose lives have been touched by mental illness.
Please consider giving to NAMI-WM on our Valley Gives page this Thursday, Dec. 12th. Visit our page here: http://valleygives.razoo.com/story/Nami-Western-Massachusetts and donate during the 24-hour period on 12.12.13. You can also visit the page right now and schedule your donation. We thank you in advance for any and all support you can give us!
Spaghetti Supper to Benefit NAMI-Western Mass
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
4:15 to 6:45 PM
at Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69
460 Granby Road, Chicopee, MA
Roll/Butter - Salad - Spaghetti/Meatballs - Coffee/Kool-aid
Adults $6.00 - Seniors over 64 & Students 6-12 yrs $5.00 - Under 5 Free
Please call for tickets 413-594-9848 ask for Joe or Celeste
Come for a good meal, while supporting NAMI-Western Mass!
NAMI-WM PRESENTS THEIR 3rd ANNUAL ART SHOW FEATURING:
ARTISTS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Opening Reception on February 5th
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
CHICOPEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
449 FRONT STREET
CHICOPEE, MA 01013
Call for Art Submissions:
Any person in the Western Massachusetts community who is living with a mental illness is encouraged to submit artwork for the 3rd Annual Art Show being held by NAMI-WM February, 2014. Any two dimensional art medium will be accepted. NAMI-WM reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of art submitted for public display.
· All images must be original and made by the artist.
· Must be a person with a mental illness.
· Must be 18 years or older.
· All artwork must be ready for hanging with wire on the back.
· Frame maximum: 18” x 24”
Art work drop off dates at the NAMI –WM office 324A Springfield Street, Agawam, MA. 01001
January 23rd -30th 2014 from 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.
NAMI-WM from 8:30 -3:00 PM Monday – Thursday (413) 786-9139.
Here’s your opportunity to become a trained NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher!
Friday, March 7th (9:30am) through Sunday, March 9th, 2014 (1:30pm), Framingham, MA
Registration required by February 28th, 2014
Our F2F course is taught by family members who have already taken a F2F course or attending one now.The F2F curriculum is designed to enable co-leaders who are not mental health professionals to conduct the classes.
The training is free and we provide all materials, meals and shared rooms free of charge. Teaching experience is not needed. Attendance is required for the entire training.
****Also looking for Bi-Lingual people to train in English and to teach a course Spanish****
SAVE THE DATE!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KITTY DUKAKIS
Next year, NAMI-WM will hold a special one time gala fundraiser dinner in celebration of over 30 years of service to the community. The gala will be held at Chez Josef in Agawam on Saturday, October 4, 2014. There will be a guest speaker, community awards, peer speeches, a multi-media presentation, a wonderful meal, musical entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. We want to recognize all of the work NAMI-WM does for people in our community affected by mental illness. Most of all, it will be a night to celebrate with peers and their loved ones, to recognize and celebrate their journeys to recovery. So save the date! See you next year!
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
We are thrilled to announce that NAMI was included this year in a select list of charities that meet the Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving Alliance” standards and was featured with other charities in a full-page ad in USA Today on November 29, 2011. Along with our recent upgrade to a four-star rating (the highest score) from Charity Navigator, this is a wonderful testament to our efforts to be good stewards of donors’ dollars.
We welcome you to browse our website for events in the area, up to date legislative and news information, area resources and more.
Bernice Drumheller, President, NAMI-WM