Volunteer with DBSA San Jose

DBSA is seeking to expand its volunteer base for our DBSA national headquarters in Chicago, IL. If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to periodically check this page for postings of volunteer opportunities:

Development Director: The Development Director would work on various projects associated with securing contributed income from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Tasks would be various, including researching prospective corporate and foundation donors; facilitating mailings to individual donors; coordinating logistics for cultivation and fundraising events; assisting with internal and external reports and acknowledgements. This position requires project management experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with grant writing and non-profit fund raising. Knowledge of Google Docs, excellent writing ability, and online research skills are also necessary. Specific events-related experience is a plus.

Events Coordinator: The Events Coordinator would work to develop and run various educational and wellness-based social events for DBSA San Jose members throughout the Silicon Valley.  Projects will include identifying the needs and wants of the DBSA members.  Researching and booking venues, marketing the events, and coordinating the event.  This position requires event planning experience, project management experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with Gmail and Google Docs.  Excellent writing ability, and online research skills are also necessary.

Social Media Coordinator: The Social Media Coordinator will work to manage and maintain DBSA San Jose's Social Media presence on sites including Facebook, twitter and others.  Projects will research and identify content of benefit to the DBSA members throughout the Silicon Valley by reaching out to our membership.  Researching and writing content and announcments, and posting those regularly on our social media sites.This position requires technical knowledge of social media platforms, project management experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with Gmail and Google Docs.  Excellent writing ability, and research skills are also necessary.

Graphic Design Intern: The Graphic Design Intern would work closely with the Programs team to revamp the large library of brochures that DBSA offers to their constituents. Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite is a must, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Strong attention to branding efforts and clean design are necessary. The individual may also aid the web team with banners and image representation on DBSA's multiple websites. Must have own computer and Adobe programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.

Web Intern: The Web Intern would work hand in hand with our webmaster to manage DBSA's multiple websites, editing new pages or, as called for, creating new pages or sub-sites. The individual ideally would have knowledge of both html and web design software programs. The individual may also assist in e-communications and would be deeply involved in engaging social media to promote the organization and/or current programs. The intern would also be involved in audio and/or video editing as needed. Graphic design skills a plus. Must have own computer and, if necessary, web design software to complete assigned tasks.

More Ways To Help DBSA Help Those in Need

  1. We need people to help keep the groups going and growing. You can work to get the word out that the groups exist by creating and distributing brochures or posters and calling the media. You can start a DBSA San Jose support group in your local area.
  2. You can support DBSA and make others more aware of DBSA by purchasing items from Amazon via Amazon Smile - Select "DBSA San Jose" when asked which organization you'd like to support then shop on Amazon Smile.  The prices you pay will remain the same, but Amazon will donate a small percentage of every penny you spend to our chapter.
  3. You can promote education about our illnesses by placing DBSA brochures in doctor's offices, libraries, grocery stores, police stations, counseling centers, churches, and synagogues.
  4. You can organize a local event to raise awareness (and money). You might plan to organize a walk, a comedy club, a dinner, or a market day.
  5. You can work with your public library to stock some of the books our bookstore committee recommends on mood disorders.
  6. You can write letters to the editor of your local paper when you read something that encourages the stigma of mental illness to continue.
  7. You can ask your local hospital or mental health facility to host a DBSA support group.
  8. You can ask your local cable access station and your hospital to use our DVDs to educate others about depression and bipolar disorder.
  9. You can write to your legislators to support mental health issues of concern.
  10. You can ask your local paper and radio station for coverage of mood disorders.
  11. You can encourage friends and neighbors to go online and take a confidential depression and/or bipolar disorder screening. If the screening indicates that he or she may have a mood disorder, you can encourage them to seek treatment so that no one is suffering needlessly.
  12. You can donate financially and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
  13. If you are a professional, (e.g., attorneys, accountants, computer experts, etc.), you can volunteer your professional services to your local chapter.