NAMI Fox Valley recognized nationally for outstanding work in the community

Thursday, July 11, 2019


NAMI Fox Valley staff and volunteers posing with the award.

Contributor: NAMI Fox Valley

NAMI Fox Valley is a United Way Fox Cities-funded partner agency working to support and promote mental health and recovery. Recently, NAMI Fox Valley was recognized on a national stage for their outstanding work in our community. United Way Fox Cities is proud to partner with NAMI Fox Valley as they continue offering support, education, and outreach. Learn more about the NAMI Fox Valley’s award-winning work below.

At the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) annual convention in Seattle, Washington last month, the board of directors presented NAMI Fox Valley with an award as the nation’s outstanding affiliate of the year. Given that there are over 1,000 NAMI affiliates across the country, this is a significant honor. NAMI Fox Valley representatives attending the convention accepted the award on behalf of all of the agency’s members, volunteers, and staff.

NAMI Fox Valley serves Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, and Northern Winnebago counties. In 2018, the agency offered dozens of mental health support groups, educational courses, and outreach programs that touched over 11,700 program participants. The agency also operates a five-bedroom respite center, Iris Place, that welcomed over 150 guests and fielded over 4,600 calls last year.

Factors that contributed to NAMI Fox Valley’s selection included: number of programs offered and individuals served, outreach to minority populations, successful community collaborations and partnerships, and stigma-busting community visibility, among other things.

Maren H. Peterson, Executive Director at NAMI Fox Valley stated: “We are humbled by this recognition and grateful to work in a community that has allowed the agency’s mental health programs and advocacy work to steadily grow and thrive over the past 38 years. We attribute this honor not only to the hard work of the agency's staff and volunteers, but to the generous, philanthropic community that has provided the resources to make this work possible. We look forward to continuing to work together with all of our partners and supporters toward the vision of a stigma-free community that supports and promotes mental health and recovery.”