Get Up and participate! There are many ways to get involved. Listed below are a few local Riverside County organizations that welcome volunteers.
- Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health
Phone: Volunteer Services Coordinator (951) 955-7118
The following volunteer opportunities are available at the Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health:
- Peer Support Specialist Volunteer
- Parent Partner Volunteers
- Family Advocate Volunteers
- Mental Health Board Membership
- Student/Intern Program
- Cultural Competency Volunteer
- Behavioral Health Commission
The Behavioral Health Commission encompasses volunteers selected by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health and works to facilitate citizen and professional involvement in the planning process for county-provided mental health services. To become a member of the Behavioral Health Commission, complete the appropriate application by following the link above.
- Riverside County Children’s Behavioral Health
Phone: (951) 358-4520
The Riverside County Children’s Behavioral Health Organization has several volunteer opportunities and programs. Some include a back to school backpack drive, a thanksgiving basket meal, and a snowman banner toy drive. There is also a youth volunteer program where youth have the opportunity to volunteer with various projects and are also at the outreach events in the community. Additionally, parents can be involved in parent classes and support groups.
Phone: (951) 329-4738
HELPline is a 24 hour hotline available to assist people dealing with a mental health crisis such as suicide. When someone calls the hotline they are connected to a caring volunteer who provides crisis and suicide intervention while referring the person to outside help. HELPline is looking for volunteers with compassionate personalities who remain calm in crisis. They seek individuals who are non-judgmental as well as have an ability to maintain confidentiality. In order to become a volunteer one must go through a 58 hour training course and be willing to commit 180 hours of service.
- 211 Connect
Phone: (951) 328-8280
“Connecting people in need with those who can help.” This hotline connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of Riverside County as the only free, confidential, dialing code service in Riverside County. The Volunteer opportunities through connectriverside.org strictly serve as a referral program, connecting individuals with a desire to volunteer with agencies, but does not guarantee placement.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness which is a grassroots organization which strives to improve the lives of individuals and their families who deal with mental illness. NAMI was established in 1979 as has grown into a reputable and respected organization that continually makes strides in improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.
The three cornerstones of NAMI’s mission are; awareness, education and advocacy. They seek to educate the country about mental illness in order to reduce stigma so that treatment for mental illness can become a national priority, considering that 1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness but only half of these individuals receives treatment.
To become a part of this important process one can volunteer their time and services at NAMI.
Volunteer with NAMI by attending monthly educational meetings and participate in NAMI walk.
Become a NAMI member. Act as a voice of NAMI by joining their grassroots organization. As a member you are eligible to vote in all NAMI elections, receive important newsletters and a subscription to The Advocate, NAMI’s quarterly magazine.