The Tanner Steffler Foundation depends on local volunteers, fundraisers, and partners to continue helping youth mental health in Huron-Perth. Whether you make a donation, volunteer at an event, or participate in our advisory board, your support is what makes our work possible.
Youth Advisory Council
TSF welcomes youth (12-24) in Huron Perth County to join our Youth Advisory Council. YAC members cover a diverse cross-section, and includes individuals with lived experience, those with career paths related to mental health, and/or those passionate about transforming youth mental health and addiction services.
The Guiding Principles of the YAC are:
- Nothing About Us, Without Us – participatory leadership from youth will bring about the most effective solutions. Youth play a leadership role in all aspects of TSF, advising us on the ongoing mandates, communication and proposed services.
- Community oriented – Authentic, brave, inclusive and equitable relationships are at the core of our work.
- Transformative – strive for health equity and remove barriers that prevent access to mental health and substance use care
- Anti-oppressive framework – We seek to develop anti-oppressive practices that encourage diversity and prioritize the needs and strengths of marginalized groups in service provisions
Members meet for one hour bi-weekly in the evenings. Members may also invest more time outside of the meetings in accordance with their scheduling capacity, although it is not required. Members may receive signed volunteer hours or an honorarium for their participation.
If you are interested in joining our Youth Advisory Council, please complete our online application form.
Wellness Working Group
Are you an adult who wants to make a difference for local youth mental health and addiction? The Mental Health, Addiction and Wellness Working Group is a community steering committee which works to find gaps and barriers in local mental health programs, and provides advice regarding policies, programs, services and informational resources that can support our mission.
Our members represent a wide cross-section of the Huron County community: local professionals/clinicians, family members with lived experience, mental health and addictions advocates, and other community “helpers”. In joining this group, you’ll be making a difference to improve and support the mental health and wellness of our youth in Huron County.
If you are interested in joining our Wellness Working Group, please complete our online application form.
Peer Support Program
Peer support volunteers are individuals with lived experience who support others in their mental health journey. We are currently looking for volunteers to support Youth and Family Members in Huron County.
All volunteers are provided with free training from TSF to prepare them to support members of the community in this capacity. Following the training, volunteers will contribute time each week to meet with individuals in need of support from a peer. Meetings with peer support clients are by appointment, and we take time to match volunteers with clients based on their unique lived experiences in mental health and/or addiction recovery.
If you are interested in becoming a peer support volunteer, please complete our online application form.
TSF hosts our hallmark event, the Six String Music Festival, each year during the summer months. We also host smaller events throughout the year to raise awareness and/or fundraise for our various services.
Community volunteers are essential to making these events a success. Becoming an event volunteer with TSF is a great way to get volunteer hours, meet new people, or simply give back to your community!
If you would like to get involved in the next Six String Music Festival or other events, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to our volunteer list.
Host a Fundraiser
TSF is grateful to the many community organizations, groups, and individuals who fundraise on behalf of our organization. From benefit concerts to bake sales and beyond, we will work with you to develop a fun-filled event that directly supports youth mental health in Huron County.
If you already have an event idea, or have started the planning process – please let us know! We will advertise your event on our social media and website, provide information on TSF for your guests, and help provide guidance as needed. We also request that you reach out to us in advance to review our guidelines.
If you want to host an event, but need some ideas – talk to us! We can give you some great ideas and connect you with community members who have hosted TSF fundraisers in the past for support.
To get started, email email@example.com to tell us all about it!
To prepare for your event, you can access our guidelines, merchandise, and more by joining our online community here