Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Corporate and Small Business Sponsors Make NAMIWalks a Great Success!

All of our NAMIWalks depend on the sponsorships we receive through small businesses and corporations. The support from these entities provide the necessary funding to offset the expenses for executing a Walk, allowing the majority of donations raised by our walkers to go toward our programs and services for individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones.

Sponsorships range from $250 to $15,000 and each one makes a difference to the success of the Walk. We are proud to have so many small businesses and corporations support NAMI’s efforts. Without the support of the business community, we wouldn’t be able to provide a family-friendly event that brings people together to celebrate the hard work they have accomplished in raising funds and awareness during the weeks and months leading up to the day of celebration.

Why would corporations and small businesses want to sponsor a NAMIWalks event? In addition to receiving great benefits like signage at the event and having their name/logo on the back of the official Walk t-shirt, they know their sponsorship is making a difference in their communities. Many companies’ realize that some of their employees and/or their employees’ loved ones are benefiting from the crucial programs NAMI provides, and they want to have those services continue and expand. The business community understands the importance of NAMI and they want to get behind an organization that is assisting Americans across the country to live better lives and end the stigma around mental illness.

Ultimately, corporations and small businesses know the importance of having NAMI in their communities and the hardship it would cause to so many people if NAMI ceased to exist.  If you work for a company or you own a business, please consider sponsoring your local NAMIWalks and know that that support will improve many lives.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Why Do We Walk?

Why do we walk? Why is it important for us to walk? We must keep asking ourselves these questions, because the answers will keep us motivated during the 2013 Walk season.

Some of us walk because we are successfully living in recovery and we want others to have the same opportunity, to live prosperous and happy lives while managing their mental illness. We know the positive impact NAMI’s programs and services have had on our road to recovery and we want others to have the same positive experiences. Some of us walk to support people who have not or may not ever achieve recovery, but push onward and live with persistent mental illness every day.

Some of us walk because we have loved ones who live in recovery and we know how important it is for both them and us to have access to NAMI’s crucial programs and services. We know how we benefited from programs and services like Family-to-Family and NAMI Family Support Groups and we know others can also improve their lives by attending these and NAMI’s other exceptional programs. We know that through our participation in the Walk, these programs will continue to be available for those family members and friends who are dealing with similar situations that we face every day.

We know that if we don’t walk, NAMI won’t have the funds to maintain its current education programs and support groups and continue to explore new and innovative ways to help individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones. We know how important NAMI is in our communities and without the funds and awareness we raise through the Walk, NAMI will be unable to support the thousands of individuals they touch every day, like my loved ones and me. 
Although the Walk is a FUN event, it’s also the lifeline to keep NAMI afloat and capable of improving lives and ending the stigma around mental illness. Remember not only why we walk, but why YOU walk.