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NAMI FLORIDA INC
June 22, 2012

My daughter became ill with bipolar disorder when she was 12 yrs old. On the recommendation of an out-of-state friend, I took the NAMI Family-to-Family course in Orlando, FL. The leaders were very well prepared and supportive. The Family-to-Family program helped me understand my daughter's illness, and ease the tremendous stress in our family. I have since attended NAMI Family Support groups, and again, I appreciate having group leaders who are prepared for their role. The meetings run smoothly, on time, and addresses the needs of the group. Because I benefitted so much from these programs, my husband and I have become volunteers at the annual NAMI Walk in our area. Fortunately, our daughter is doing better now after years of being very unstable. NAMI does great work in our area. I recently referred a friend to the Family-to-Family course. She is prepared to take the course immediately, and has an urgent need. unfortunately, she is on a "waiting list" for a future course offering, due to the great demand I our area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life, and my family life. It has been a key source of support as we raised a teen with schizo affective disorder to adulthood.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I have had good experiences as a volunteer. The leaders trust that I will do my asigned job, and welcome suggestions as well as additional help. They make a point of thanking me for my contributions.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Through this volunteer activity, I have had the opportunity to meet many other people and families who struggle with the realities of living with mental illness on a daily basis.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel as if I am able to give back to an organization that has helped me over the years. I also find it uplifting to be involved with a successful event, run by dedicated and enthusiastic people.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteered at the NAMI Walk.