The NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley Colorful Minds is a great way to:
Have fun while supporting a great cause
Share your passion for mental health awareness with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues
Raise funds and recruit members and donors that will enable NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley to continue its effective peer-led programs
Step One: Select a date, time and location. We suggest that you select a date at least three weeks out from the time you decide to give the party. Also, try to consider the day of the week and the time that will give you the best turnout, depending on your audience. Reach out to us if you need help finding a location for your paint party.
Step Two: Create your guest list. Make a list of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, and members of your faith-based, civic, or professional groups. We suggest about thirty people, but this is your party, so you decide how many to invite! We will help you create a website page – then ask each person to register, join your fundraising team page and commit to raising $100.
Step Three: Send out your invitations. Sites like evite.com or paperlesspost.com offer free invites for you to use. Depending on your audience you may decide to send these via mail.
Step Four: Party Time! Make the party fun – you can provide food and refreshments or potluck. Someone should share their story/connection before the painting fun begins. Remember to give updates on your fundraising efforts throughout the night. Prizes can be given for the best painting, the worst party… keep it fun!
Step Five: Send a thank you to all guests who attended to your party, as well as following up with those who indicated interest in supporting or learning more about NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley.
You know the statistics. Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Early intervention programs can help.
And that’s where NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley comes in.
NAMI volunteers pay it forward when others are looking for help and hope. Our trained volunteers have lived experience with mental health conditions. They deliver education and support programs that are nationally developed and federal-agency approved.
NAMI programs are clinically designed to move the entire family toward recovery. We know that a loved one’s recovery starts at home with a strong support structure. Participants learn how to cope, communicate, and effectively advocate for themselves or a loved one.
Your investment in NAMI programs is magnified as we partner with healthcare, social work and education providers. NAMI programs are unduplicated and fit well within the care delivery system available in our community. All programs are offered at no cost thanks to supporters like you.
Your investment today will guarantee a 5% match through Birdies for Charity™ with Pledge #1270.