We need your help! The National Stuttering Association operates with a very small staff of one full-time Executive Director and two part-time employees, so it is thanks to our volunteers that our day-to-day operations run as smoothly as they do. All it takes is a willing spirit and as much time as you are willing to give – a few hours, a week, or more – any time given is appreciated! Below is a list of projects that we could use your help with. If you think that you might be able to help with any of these projects, please contact Tom Scharstein, indicating which task(s) you would like to volunteer for.Below are a few ideas on the various ways that YOU can help spread the word on stuttering and educate others on the subject at the same time. Processes for these outreach efforts are in place and materials are ready to be distributed. The only thing missing is more people to assist with these very important tasks. Help us to spread the word on stuttering and help improve the lives of people who stutter!
- Distribute NSA Pamphlets to local pediatrician’s office
- Organize a race/walk/fun run NSA fundraiser
- Hang NSA Posters on local bulletin boards to educate the public on stuttering and the NSA
- Start or attend one of our local Adult, TWST, or NSAKids chapters
- Educate your school SLPs on the subject of stuttering and the NSA
- Make a financial contribution
- Hand out NSA ‘business cards‘ with our contact information to those who could use it
- Volunteer for a variety of tasks at our Annual Conference or other events
Other Ways to Contribute
Tell us your story
Submit your personal story for our newsletter, Letting Go. Please note that as a self-help non-profit, we will not endorse any one therapy or ‘cure’, nor will we print any advertising/mention of a personal website, blog, publication, or business; we are looking for pieces relating to your personal journey with stuttering. There is no minimum/maximum word count, and no age limits, so kids, send in your pieces as well! Please consider submitting a high-resolution (1MB+) photo of yourself. We love to put a face to a name when running pieces! For more information, contact our Editor, Mandy Finstad at Mandy@WeStutter.org.
Contact Your Local Newspaper
Many local newspapers offer free advertising for group events and support groups, but finding out who to contact and knowing what to say is sometimes hard. Below you will find suggested verbiage and a link that will help you reach local newspapers in their state. Use sites such as 50States.com to find a comprehensive list of newspapers. Dependent upon which paper you select, it may take a few minutes to determine the appropriate section of the site that will allow you to request an ad, such as advertising, Letter to the Editor, etc.
Suggested wording for advertising the NSA:
“Do you stutter? Do you know someone who stutters? The National Stuttering Association (NSA) can help! The NSA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing hope, dignity, support, education, and empowerment to children and adults who stutter. The NSA has thousands of members nationwide with over 100 local support groups. To learn more about stuttering and the NSA, please visit the NSA website –westutter.org– or contact them at Info@WeStutter.org or 1-800-937-8888.”
No matter how, when, or how much you choose to contribute, know that your contribution is making a difference in the lives of people who stutter!