Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

The National NAMIWalks Team wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day! We hope you enjoy time with your loved ones over the holiday weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Putting FUN in FUNdraising!

As a Team Captain and/or walker have you thought about FUN ways to build Teams and/or to raise funds this year? Of course you can ask someone to join your Team and/or donate to you the traditional ways – face-to-face, email, over the phone, online social networks. However, have you thought about using your talents for out of the box ways to engage people?

Here are some FUN ideas that you can do as an individual walker or as a Walk Team:

  • Rock On! If you know musicians, ask them to perform a benefit concert at a backyard BBQ, block party, or local club. The admission ticket is a check made payable to NAMIWalks.
  • Birthday: In lieu of a gift for your birthday, ask your friends and family to make a donation to NAMIWalks through your personal NAMIWalks website.
  • Gym: Ask your gym if you, or they, can teach an aerobics, yoga, or spinning class as a benefit to NAMIWalks.
  • House Party: Host a house party for friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. Share your experience with NAMIWalks and your reasons for walking. Ask them to join your Team.
  • Make holiday ornaments: Make special ornaments and sell them for donations.
  • Mow-a-thon: Hold a neighborhood mow-a-thon weekend where you and your family will mow everyone’s lawn for a minimum donation.
  • Runner: Offer to be a friend’s errand runner or personal assistant for a day, in exchange for a substantial donation.
  • Garden Tour: Hold a garden tour at your home or at a local historical home.

Building Teams and raising funds should be an exciting experience! Now that you've read these ideas, I hope you will use one or think of something creative and inventive that you and/or your Team will do!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

And the Winner of the "Best Spring NAMIWalk Photo Contest" is...

The NAMIWalks Team is excited to announce that Christina Antos won the "Best Spring NAMIWalk Photo Contest"! Her picture received 92 "Likes" on the NAMIWalks' Facebook page! Congratulations Christina!!! We also want to thank all the individuals who submitted wonderful pictures!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

There is Nothing Like a Picture!

There is nothing like a picture to tell a story! Here are pictures that were taken at NAMIWalk Arkansas, NAMIWalk Delaware, NAMIWalk Mid-Carolina, NAMIWalk Mobile, NAMIWalk South Dakota, & NAMIWalk St. Louis. Enjoy!

Monday, June 23, 2014

NAMIWalks Photo Contest!

We want to see the best picture (horizontal) you took at a 2014 Spring NAMIWalk! Submit one photo that perfectly captured the event to The National Walk Team will select the top two photos and then post them on the NAMIWalks' Facebook page. The photo that receives the most "likes" will become the cover photo for the page and win a prize! Please only send one high quality picture. Any photos received after the first submission will not be considered. By submitting a picture, you are giving NAMIWalks the permission and rights to use the photo on the NAMIWalks' Facebook page, website, blog, and any other print/electronic marketing pieces. Photos must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, July 11.

Monday, May 19, 2014

And the Winner of the "Why I Walk" Video Contest is...

The NAMIWalks Team is excited to announce that Karly Lent won the "Why I Walk" Video Contest! Her video received 64 "Likes" on the NAMIWalks' Facebook page! Congratulations Karly!!! We also want to thank all the individuals who submitted videos! They were all fantastic!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Why I Walk" Video Contest

NAMIWalks is hosting a "Why I Walk" Video Contest for all participants of a NAMIWalk to enter! This is a FUN and creative way for you to show why and how you support NAMI and NAMIWalks! Please watch the video for the contest rules and information!

Release your creative juices and film a video today!!! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheons

The NAMIWalks Team has been busy attending Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon (KOL) events around the country. The KOL, usually held 6 to 8 weeks before Walk Day, is a training session for registered and potential Team Captains. Team Captains learn innovative ways to raise funds, as well as receive the tools needed to form successful Walk Teams. Although the event is focused on training, we still manage to make the KOL FUN! Below are some pictures of KOL events! To view more photos, please Like the NAMIWalks' Facebook Page and see the 2014 Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheons album! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Enter NAMIWalks' Design Contest!

Are you a professional graphic designer/illustrator/artist or just a person who likes to draw for FUN? Well NAMIWalks would love to see your work and enter you into our Design Contest! The winner will receive $500 and the opportunity to illustrate our nationally distributed graphic magazine! You don't want to miss this opportunity! See the flyer for details!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What’s a Walk Recognition Information Meeting (RIM)?

Since the inception of the NAMIWalks model, each NAMIWalk has included 4 events – Walk Information Meeting (WIM), Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon (KOL), Walk Day, and Post/Thank You Event. Over the course of the years, some of our Walk locations have combined their WIMs and the Post/Thank You Events, so we, the National Walk Team, decided to give this combined event a name (Walk Recognition Information Meeting – RIM) and make it part of our model. Now, all of our Walk locations have the opportunity to host 3 events instead of the traditional 4 events.

The Walk Recognition Information Meeting officially closes the current Walk Season and opens the new Walk Season! The Walk Manager will recap the success of the current Walk Season – he/she will discuss how much was raised, how the funds were used, recognize Walk Sponsors, and present awards to top walkers and Walk Team Captains. 

After wrapping up the current Walk Season, he/she will officially open the new Walk Season! The person will announce the date/location of the Walk, event goal(s), anything new they are planning for the event (a theme, entertainment, etc.), sponsors that have already committed to supporting the Walk, and information about sponsoring and/or volunteering for the event. 

This is a FUN event for the community that includes light fare and drinks! Volunteer sign-up sheets and sponsorship brochures are distributed at the event. Computers are set up, so people can register to lead a Walk Team, register as an individual walker, and/or make a donation.   

So, if you receive an invitation to a Walk Recognition Information Meeting, you now know what it is and what to expect when you attend!