Joseph Kaufmann, a business attorney in Gladstone, has a special affinity for a particular non-profit in our community: the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Clackamas County. Having had personal experience though a family member, Joe knows how important this organization is for helping individuals and families who often have difficulty negotiating through the “traditional” system for services and support. NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental health disorders and their loved ones through education, support, and advocacy.
Joe has been on the Board of the local Clackamas County affiliate (www.nami-org/sites/NAMI-ClackamasCounty) for almost a year. He felt strongly that they needed a louder voice in our community, but their limited budget was prohibitive. Joe felt so compelled by the need and his passion for the organization that he paid for their membership into the Chamber. This was a “win-win” for Joe and NAMI: Joe got an additional tax deduction and NAMI now has additional exposure through the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce. Their first event was our Non-Profit Showcase in December.
If you have personal experience with a Non-Profit that is seeking more exposure in our community, this is a great way to make a contribution! We’d be happy to facilitate. Just call us at 503-654-7777 and we’ll walk you through the steps.
Thanks, Joe, for bringing NAMI into the Chamber. We look forward sharing their story. (Watch for more about the NAMIWalk scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012. Another Chamber Member, Dave Dahl, founder of Dave’s Killer Bread, is the honorary walk chair this year. For more information, to join or form a team or sponsor the walk, contact NAMI-CC at 503-344-5050 or email@example.com.) And please be sure to join us as NAMI hosts our ABC event on April 20th at Providence Milwaukie.