Become a NAMI Duluth Area member and help fight stigma about mental illness
The journey that others go on is not ours to understand, but ours to support. Mental health affects so many individuals in so many ways, which can make it difficult for those fighting to verbalize and ask for help. The invisible and individual nature of mental health adds yet another layer to the stigma attached to mental illness. As a member of NAMI Duluth Area, your membership contributes to our local efforts to destigmatize mental illness and help those who are affected by mental illness. Becoming a member also makes you part of the national NAMI organization, which works toward destigmatizing mental illness across the country and supporting important legislation at the federal level. You’ll receive the NAMI newsletter to keep you updated on news, conferences, and events. To become a member, click here or mail a check payable to NAMI Minnesota at NAMI Minnesota Attn: NAMI Duluth Area Membership, 800 Transfer Road #31, St. Paul, MN 55114. Your membership today will help us continue our efforts in the future.
When you join NAMI Minnesota, you automatically become a member of the NAMI Duluth Area affiliate.
NAMI membership dues are split between the national, state and local NAMIs. The split in dues received through any of the three sources will be:
Household $60 ($20 to national; $20 to state; $20 to local affiliate)
Regular $40 ($10 to national; $15 to state; $15 to local affiliate)
Open Door $5 ($1 to national; $2 to state and $2 to local affiliate)
NAMI Minnesota is a grassroots advocacy organization that is nationally renowned for its leadership in transforming lives, changing policy and bringing hope to those with mental illnesses and their families. Every year, over 216,000 people from every region in our state get help from NAMI Minnesota and we need your support to carry out our mission.
Your donation helps to create positive changes in attitudes and public policies that impact children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. We raise awareness and provide essential education, support and advocacy at no cost to people in our community.
How do we use your donation?
We invest in people and programs. We turn your support into outstanding educational programs, trainings, and support groups. Whether you donate $25 for literature or $1,000 to provide a class to families in need of support, you help transform lives.
Host A Do-It-Yourself Fundraiser
NAMI Minnesota is the state’s largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization and we rely heavily on our supporters in the community to fund our education, support and advocacy efforts. You can use your talents and interests to host a fundraising event in your community.
Join together with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to raise funds for and awareness about mental health and have a great time too!
Below are just a few examples of people making a difference through hosting their own fundraiser:
Singing for Smiles Fundraiser Helps NAMI
NAMI Minnesota is inspired by the fundraising efforts of a confirmation class at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saint Paul on behalf of NAMI Minnesota!
The 2nd Annual Singing for Smiles, a fundraiser for NAMI – and awareness raising for mental illness – was a resounding success. Last year as her 10th grade school project Emma held Singing for Smiles as a fundraiser to raise awareness about mental illness and help stop the stigma.
Last year on her own she raised $1,700 – and this year she (along with the help of Francene, 50 volunteers and the South St. Paul businesses who donated) raised $6,358. NAMI’s youth and parent educator Nancy Howe was there to talk with people and hand out information about NAMI. Thanks to the over 200 people that attended – and to Emma and Francene for raising awareness and funds for NAMIWalks and NAMI Minnesota!
Photo: Volunteers at Singing for Smiles helped sell food, above, hold live and silent auctions and coordinate the day’s events. Karaoke singing was going from beginning to end with everyone being in good spirits.
Bowling Tournament Remembers College Football Teammate
Concordia College alumni Isaac Berling lost his college roommate and football teammate, Bill Oehlers, to suicide a few years after graduation. On the fifth anniversary of Bill’s death, Isaac and nine of Bill’s other college friends spent a day bowling to honor their friend’s life and raise money for NAMI Minnesota.
The friends came clad in their best bowling shirts, a nod to Bill’s habit of wearing an ugly bowling-style button-up whenever the friends were expected to wear a tie or dress clothes at school. Together, the ten friends raised $800 for NAMI Minnesota, surpassing their $500 goal.
“We picked NAMI as the charity we wanted to donate to in his name because of their outstanding reputation for advocacy, services, support and education,” Isaac said.
For more information on hosting your own fundraiser, follow the links below: