NAMI Receives Grant for New Program

NAMI Receives Grant for New Program


On July 12, NAMI of Erie County received a generous grant from The Erie Women’s Fund for a brand-new program. The Erie Women’s Fund’s donation of $60,000 will go towards starting a new program called NAMI Basics.

Members from The Erie Women’s Fund (EWF), a donor advised fund of The Erie Community Foundation, presented a check for $60,000 to NAMI to launch a pilot session of a nationally recognized program called NAMI Basics. Guy Sheldon (Left front), Board President of NAMI, Janet Peters (left back), Grants Committee Chairperson of EWF, Robin Scheppner (far right), Steering Committee Chairperson of EWF and Denise L. Kolivoski (middle right), MBA, Executive Director of NAMI, met for a formal check presentation.
NAMI Basics is a free, six-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

The mission of The Erie Women’s Fund is “Empowering Women and Families.” EWF educates and inspires its members to positively impact the lives of Erie County women through philanthropy and community engagement. EWF provides financial grants, hosts enriching educational forums and engages members through informational meetings and social gatherings throughout the Erie community.

One in five individuals are impacted each year by mental illness – that means over 55,000 residents in Erie County are affected. NAMI Basics is designed to better equip parents, caregivers, and loved ones of an individual living with mental illness to show compassion, improve communication, and reduce stigma of mental illness.
NAMI Basics is made possible by a grant from The Erie Women’s Fund.

For more information on NAMI Basics, visit or call us at (814) 456-1773.