Dear NAMI member or friend,
I’m Eric Cawley, the new NAMI Boise Board President. Because NAMI Boise has experienced many, many changes over the last two months, I thought it would be good to fill you in on those changes, as well as our plans for the future:
NAMI Boise Name Change: We recently petitioned NAMI Idaho and NAMI National to change our name to “NAMI Treasure Valley”. NAMI Idaho has unanimously approved the request, and NAMI National has signaled that it will go along with whatever NAMI Idaho decides. So, we are awaiting something official from National. Why the name change? Our current and/or planned operations span from Ontario to Mountain Home, and we wanted a name to accurately reflect the true scope of our operations, and to ensure every community in our area is accounted for.
New Website: Please check out our new website at www.namiboise.org. It has a variety of new features, including one which we anticipate launching in 2018: the Treasure Valley Mental Health Resources Directory.
New Board of Directors: In addition to a board President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, we also have several Directors. All have been (or will soon be) tasked with some specific objectives. We now have board members focused on raising corporate contributions, obtaining grants, public relations, IT and data, and NAMI programs. It’s highly anticipated we’ll be bringing on more board members soon, including one who will be focused on outreach to the family and peer support specialists professional community.
Re-prioritized Focus: Until now, NAMI Boise has spent a considerable amount of funds on administrative functions, like an office lease, copier/printer lease, phones, internet access, etc. While these functions are nice, they take away funds which could be used to get more facilitators trained, to open new NAMI programs throughout the Treasure Valley and to reach out to people in our area who have never heard of NAMI. Thus, we have made drastic cuts in our administrative costs. We have closed our office (which wasn’t very cost-effective, especially in light of the very, very few people who visited there every week) and will soon be changing our phone service (from the old office’s phone/internet package) to a cell phone which our Executive Director (or a Board designee) will have with them at all times. We are also establishing an account with a new non-profit crowdfunding service which gives us a greater percentage of funds donated to us.
Heightened Fundraising: These ongoing efforts (to reduce administrative costs, then redirect those funds to community-based programs and outreach) by NAMI Boise/Treasure Valley will make it far easier for us to approach potential corporate donors to donate to NAMI Boise/TV and underwrite the costs associated with getting facilitators trained, launching and maintaining various programs. We are solidifying plans to enthusiastically recruit these corporate sponsors in 2018. We are also formulating plans to pursue grants to further these objectives. Finally, start breaking in your new Christmas tennis shoes, because we’re making plans for a NAMI Walk in May, 2018!!!!!
An Exciting Future: It’s our hope that with these plans in place, we will be in a far better position to solidify our current NAMI programs, start new NAMI programs throughout the Treasure Valley and heighten efforts to reach out to the estimated 110,000 Treasure Valley residents who experience a mental health illness every year, as well as their friends and family members.
In short, we envision a far greater role for NAMI in the Treasure Valley. Between our new website, our forthcoming Mental Health Resources Directory, solidified/expanded programs and more marketing to area residents, I’m here to categorically state that not only is NAMI Boise alive and well, but will also be bigger and better in the near future.
How You Can Help
We need two things:
Financial Support: NAMI Boise’s financial status is solid. And as you can see, we’re doing our part to ensure community classes and outreach efforts receive top budget priority.
But we need your help to keep these efforts alive and moving forward. NAMI Boise relies on private donations to fund our operations. You and/or your work’s tax-deductible donation of $50, $100 or more will help us achieve our goal of helping vastly more Treasure Valley residents. Feel free to email your check to NAMI Boise, PO Box 9492, Boise, ID 83707. If you’re paying via c credit card, please contact our Executive Director at email@example.com and he’ll arrange it.
Directors: We really need about six more people on our board so it can run optimally, so if you have an hour or two in a month to spare, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (And yes, I’m serious about the hour or two).
NAMI Idaho Regional Conference: I highly encourage you to attend the annual NAMI Idaho Regional Conference, to be held in Boise on January 27th 9am – 3pm. It will feature some compelling, informative speakers discussing how you can effectively educate, engage and encourage your organization or community regarding mental health. I’ll send you another email soon once some last-minute details are finalized.
NAMI Boise’s Spring Family-to-Family course: Click here to sign up!Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 31.
NAMI Boise’s Spring Peer-to-Peer and Basics courses: We are also taking registrations for these courses.