NAMIWalks Greater Mississippi Valley

pictures of people participating in a 5K fundraising walkWhoo boy – we’re back in person and virtually for 2021. It’ll be so good to see everyone at our 5K walk.  As a family-friendly event, we’ll enjoy children’s  activities and a band. Dogs welcome.  Registration and activities start at 8 a.m. Stepoff is 9:30 a.m.

Walk as a team of 100 or 100. There is no cost to walk, but most walkers raise funds to earn a Tshirt and other fabulous gifts. Learn more at

NAMIWalks Team Captain Kick Off Event

Join us at the Isabel Bloom workshop and factory for a tour and learn more about the Quad City area’s largest mental health advocacy event. NAMIWalks team captains are invited to bring 1 guest. Sign up your team on-site if you have not already done so. A special NAMI gnome gift awaits you for attending!

NAMIWalks Greater Mississippi Valley will be held Saturday, September 18 at Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf.

Rally for Mental Health

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Join our NAMIWalks volunteers for a RALLY for Mental Health!

Let’s kick off May as Mental Health Awareness Month by shaking those cobwebs out with yoga, painting, and music.


10 a.m. –  Music with Bret Dale of River Music Experience

10:20-10:40 a.m. –  Yoga with Sarah Connors of Tapas Yoga

10:45-11:30 a.m.  Music with Quad City Symphony Orchestra quartet

11:30-11:50 a.m. –  Yoga with Sarah Connors of Tapas Yoga

All morning –   Help us create a canvas for the 2021 NAMIWalks with expressionism painting throughout the morning.

Also, learn about the Sept. 18, 2021 NAMIWalks and how forming a team can help us promote mental health for all and fund local programs and reduce stigma.

This socially-distanced event is free, and participants are asked to wear face coverings.

Thanks to the Figge Art Museum, River Music Experience, and Quad City Symphony Orchestra for donating the venue and entertainment for this event!

NAMIWalks Your Way – A Virtual Event

People participating in NAMIWalks Your Way virtually

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We are pleased to announce a walk for our times, NAMIWalks Your Way.

It’s like the regular NAMIWalks, only virtual and with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination, the depth of your compassion. With many NAMIWalks presented at the end of Mental Illness Awareness Week, on World Mental Health Day (October 10), it promises to be a day to remember. With such a united effort, we’re guessing that it will be easier than ever to fundraise, too. Please register a team or donate. Our programs and advocacy are needed more than ever and 100% of the funds raised here – stay here – for our no-cost education and support programs.

NAMIWalks Your Way means what it sounds like: With so many of our lives compromised and constrained, you get to make NAMIWalks your own. You can walk around your block, you can walk around your garden, you can walk with a wok in your kitchen. If you work from home, now you can walk at home. You can stand on your head. You can a form a team and see who is the funniest, fastest or most artistic. You can “Hula hoop for hope.” You can self-fundraise while you self-quarantine — or do it as part of a team.

Download Participant Guide_NAMIWalks Your Way

Download Fundraising Ideas: NAMIWalks Your Way

Download Team Building Ideas: Ways to Participate – NAMIWalks Your Day

Download Recognition Gift Program: 2020 NAMIWalks Recognition Program Flier

Register your team or sponsor here.

NAMIWalks Your Way – NAMI National Day of Hope

People participating in NAMIWalks Your Way virtually

This year presents new challenges, so NAMIWalks is “going virtual.” On Saturday, October 10, NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley will participate in NAMIWalks Your Way: A National Day of Hope with other NAMI affiliates in more than 40 cities.

Instead of walking a 5K together at Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf, many participants still plan to walk, using their treadmill or going outside in the backyard or through a local park—all while taking precautions to stay safe. Others plan to hula-hoop, flip pancakes, practice yoga or do another activity they enjoy. They will share their activities on social media and follow NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley’s program online that includes mental health facts, participant activities and local entertainment.

“One in five adults experience mental illness, but it touches five in five people either directly or indirectly,” according to NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley Executive Director Angela Gallagher. “Now more than ever, our communities need to come together to raise awareness and let people know they are not alone.”

Click here to join NAMIWalks Your Way. There is no registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged. Funds raised here, stay here, for NAMI ’s free local mental health programs.

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NAMIWalks Lead Volunteers Meeting

Become a lead volunteer helping us plan the Sept. 19 NAMIWalks event. Looking for lead volunteers to coordinate Parking/Safety, Refreshment, Event Site Field Setup, Pavilion, Registration and Public Relations. Via Zoom video conference or phone – please register and we’ll send you the login credentials.

NAMIWalks Virtual Rally Starts @ 7 pm

Join us Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m. for a NAMIWalks Rally featuring a musical performance from Davenport native Terrance Banks of Soultru. We’ll be livestreaming across YouTube, Facebook and Twitch social media channels. The event is 30 minutes long with a drawing for Lokai mental health bracelets at the end. Learn more about NAMI’s work in our community and how to register for the September 19 NAMIWalks event.

Tune in on one of these social media channels: Facebook Live, Twitch TV or YouTube Live


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How cool is it to have our own private bowling lanes at Blackhawk Bowl’s VIP Lounge? Let’s have some fun and introduce new people to the NAMIWalks universe.
Team Captains are invited to attend and asked to bring a friend or associate who may be interested in forming their own team. Our goal is 92 teams walk with us September 19 at Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf.
Plenty of ice breakers and bowling antics. Snacks are on us. Cash bar.
Thanks to our NAMIWalks sponsor Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge for hosting our event.