Organization: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County (NAMI)
The mission: The self-help organization’s mission and goals are threefold: 1. Support family members who have a loved one with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder; 2. Educate the general public through outreach; and 3. Advocate for mentally ill individuals affected by no-fault biological brain disorders.
One specific need: Monetary contributions. Its Needs Fund, which supports mentally ill folks in Manatee to the tune of $20,000 a year, is supported by two benefactors and member contributions.
Why it’s important: It aids 250 clients each year, paying for emergency medications, medication co-pays, rental assistance, bus tickets, emergency food baskets, water bills, bus passes, car repair, eye examinations and various other requests.
How you can help: Mail or drop off your contributions to NAMI Manatee County, P.O. Box 9088, Bradenton, FL 34206.
Or stop by an upcoming meeting. General membership meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month and support meetings on the second Monday of each month at Volunteers of America Lifelong Learning Center, 2012 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Time: 7-9 p.m. More info: (941) 758 3562.
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