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Hopkinton Youth and Family Services Encourages Community Members to Participate in Volunteering for Mental Health Event

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Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Hopkinton Youth and Family Services Director Dawn Alcott would like to encourage community members to attend the Volunteerism for Mental Health event, next week.

Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St.

Hopkinton residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the Getting Better: Volunteerism for Mental Health event, hosted by the Hopkinton Youth Commission (HYC).

Getting Better: Volunteerism for Mental Health aims to increase awareness about the opportunities in Hopkinton and the mental health benefits of volunteering.

The event will feature inspiring keynote addresses from leaders of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Massachusetts, a nonprofit grassroots organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for people living with mental health conditions, their families and their caregivers.

Several volunteers from various organizations in Hopkinton will speak about their experiences and volunteer opportunities. Town departments and local organizations will also be on-hand with information, opportunities and resources throughout the night.

"I am thrilled to invite Hopkinton residents to join us for the Volunteerism for Mental Health event," said Director Alcott. "Anyone is welcome to attend, meet others in the community, hear from current volunteers and learn about opportunities in Hopkinton."

Hopkinton Youth Commission
HYC is diligent about identifying the emerging and ongoing needs of Hopkinton's youth and families and creating community-wide opportunities that support the long-term well-being of all youth.

Beyond the Getting Better: Volunteerism for Mental Health event, the HYC will continue to engage the community and create constructive action for year-round volunteer initiatives, and provide opportunities for connection to reduce isolation and promote mental health. Specifically, the HYC is working to build a volunteer base for local nonprofit organizations that are in need of volunteer help and a resource listing to promote year-round volunteerism for residents of all ages.

"Mental health is one of the biggest challenges of our time," said Hopkinton Youth Commission Chair Eva Bennet. "As the Youth Commission Chair and aspiring psychiatrist, I consider it my responsibility and purpose to understand and destigmatize these health issues and help develop effective solutions."