SEPT + OCT | 2024

Community. Collaboration. Connection.

Mobilize Recovery has built a national community of people touched by substance use and mental health issues. We have proven that we are a much stronger movement when we collaborate with partners.

Our focus has always been to empower grassroots initiatives and by connecting them nationally, we show the power of our collective efforts. Now, let’s mobilize for positive change at the local level.

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What is the Mobilize Recovery Day of Service?

The Mobilize Recovery Day of Service is a constellation of connected public service events taking place nationally during the months of September and October, harnessing the power of people in recovery and their allies for positive change in their communities. 

Substance use and/or mental health issues touch every person and every family - and we have witnessed the toll they can take. We have also seen that recovery is possible. Recovery looks different for each person, but three components nearly always play a key role: Community. Collaboration. Connection

Since 2019, Mobilize Recovery has convened people in recovery and their allies to advocate for policy change and awareness. Together, we have built a “constituency of consequence” that cares about substance use and mental health recovery. 

We invite partners of all kinds—businesses, nonprofits, federal agencies, recovery groups, and more—to host an event in their local area during the month of September that creates positive change.

What Does a Day of Service Look Like?

Your Day of Service can be as small or large as you would like it to be! We encourage you to think outside the box and come up with something that you will enjoy and that will benefit others in your area.

Your event can look any of the following: 

  • Creating a food or resource drive for a local organization in need 
  • Neighborhood or park cleanup for underserved areas
  • Volunteering at a local animal shelter (pets have played a major role in the recovery of many people!)
  • Reaching out to local schools and creating a school supply drive for teachers
  • Helping a local recovery or harm reduction organization with a supply drive of their biggest needs
  • Prevention or engagement event for youth in the community
  • Recovery-oriented walk, yoga class, skate, or other physical activity 
  • Raising awareness around substance use or mental health recovery

Day of Service Events

Take action! Plan an event or attend one near you that helps give back and strengthen your community.

Have a question? Check out the Day of Service Toolkit

Do you have photos from your event? Send them to [email protected]

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Know The Facts

 In some way, we’ve all been touched by substance use and mental health recovery.

50.2M

50.2 million Americans adults considered themselves to be in recovery from their substance use and/or mental health issues.

(SAMHSA)

7out of10

7 out of 10 adults who ever had a substance use problem considered themselves to be recovering or in recovery.

(SAMHSA)

2 out of 3

2 out of 3 adults who ever had a mental health problem considered themselves to be recovering or in recovery.

(SAMHSA)

400%

Every dollar spent on substance use disorder treatment has a 400% return on investment in health care cost savings.

(Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health)

Day of Service Honorary Co-Chairs

Honorary co-chairs of the Mobilize Recovery Day of Service are fearless champions that are united by their personal experiences with substance use and/or mental health challenges and their passion for breaking down barriers to recovery without shame.

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    Miriam Delphin-Rittmon
    SAMHSA Administrator, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Substance Use & Mental Health
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    Melissa Etheridge
    Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Guitarist
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    Danny Trejo
    Actor
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    Fitz and the Tantrums
    Recording Artists
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    Noah Thompson
    Singer, Winner of American Idol Season 20
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    Chris Herren
    Former Professional Basketball Player, Speaker, & Recovery Advocate
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    Neil Potts
    Meta, VP Public Policy | Trust and Safety Policy
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    Karen DeSalvo
    Chief Health Officer, Google

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