Outreach Resource Guidelines
Outreach is used to increase Nar-Anon awareness as a resource for those seeking help with the addiction of a loved one. Outreach initiatives are most effectively carried out at the Nar-Anon Family Group (NFG) level. NFGs need to insure that their Outreach activities are conducted in accordance with the principles of Nar-Anon as contained in the 12 Steps, Traditions and Concepts.
- Step 12 states “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Carrying the message means making people aware that Nar-Anon is a resource for those suffering the impact of a loved one’s addiction. NFGs can disseminate information to a wide array of people to increase awareness of Nar-Anon within their local communities.
- Tradition 5 states “Each NFG has but one purpose; to help families of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, by encouraging and understanding our addicted relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of addicts.” Increasing awareness of Nar-Anon in the communities that we serve supports this tradition and enables Nar-Anon members to help families of addicts.
- Tradition 7 instructs that each NFG “…ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” ‘Fully self-supporting’ is the critical element of this tradition. It’s more than passing the basket to raise funds. Each NFG should strive to be self-supporting for ALL its needs; Financially as well as Outreach, Sponsorship, Steps Training, Service, etc.
The Midwest Region has adopted the following guidelines to support NFGs in their Outreach initiatives.
- The Midwest Region provides to each newly formed Nar-Anon Family Group that elects to join the Midwest Region:
- New Meeting Packet or Outreach Packet (NFG Choice)
- Outreach Folder
- When an Outreach project primarily benefits the community of a local NFG, then that NFG should be responsible for resourcing that project.
- When an Outreach project primarily benefits a group of communities, (ie. Heroin Town Hall meetings), then the participating NFGs should share in the resourcing needs of that project.
- When an Outreach project targets the Midwest Region (ie. Multiple communities or statewide functions), the Midwest Region Outreach Committee should be responsible for coordinating the project’s resourcing needs.
- If an individual NFG, or group of NFGs, cannot adequately resource an Outreach Project, then a request can be submitted to the Midwest Region for resource assistance. Submit resource request to the MWR Outreach Chair. The Outreach and Finance Committees will consider the request and make recommendations for action to the RSC & GSRs as appropriate.
Outreach Calling Cards
The following file can be used by anyone to print Nar-Anon Calling Cards for use in Outreach. The card contains the Midwest Region website URL along with a QR code that when scanned takes you directly to the Region’s website.
The pdf is formatted for us with Avery business card #28877. These are available online or from you local office supply store.
Outreach Monthly Challenges
Outreach Challenge 9-14 – Detox Centers
Outreach Challenge 8-14 – Courts & Drug Courts
Outreach Challenge 7-14 – County Health Departments
Outreach Challenge 6-14 – Coffee Shops
Outreach Challenge 3-14 – School Counselors
Outreach Challenge 2-14 – Town Hall Meetings / Health Fairs
Outreach Challenge 1-14 — 211 / United Way
Outreach challenge 12-13 – Treatment Centers
Outreach Challenge 11-13 – QR Code
Outreach Challenge 10-13 – Cable Company
Outreach Challenge 9-13 – Newspapers
Outreach Challenge 8-13 – Craigslist
Outreach Challenge 7-13 – Libraries
Outreach Challenge 6-13 – Treatment Centers
Outreach Challenge 5-13 – Counselor’s Offices
Outreach Challenge 4-13 – Doctor’s Offices
Outreach Challenge 3-13 – Police Stations
Outreach Challenge 2-13 – Probation Offices
Outreach Challenge 1-13 – Nar-Anon Poster with tear off tabs