Get Involved

CHOW Mental Health Amuse’ Course

Through 2022, CHOW is offering a unique Mental Health Amuse’ Course. These six hours (four x 90 minute sessions) of training are free for industry workers and are meant to shine light on some of the most pressing issues affecting workplace wellness.

Created for the hospitality industry BY industry peers, this course offers an overview of mental health, wellness and substance use recovery, complemented by resources, applicable skills, and thought provoking conversations.

This course begins each month and progresses weekly, session 1 will be offered 3 times the first week, then session 2, etc… While there are no academic credentials for this course, a certificate of completion will be awarded upon attendance of all four sessions.

These classes are offered in monthly rotations and can easily be mixed and matched to fit your schedule, as each session is offered with three weekly options. The weekly sessions can be attended in one month, or however may fit your schedule!

May 2022 classes (90 min sessions)

  • MORNING Mondays 9-10:30AM MST
  • NOON Wednesdays 12-1:30PM MST
  • EVENING Thursdays 6-7:30PM MST

Please CLICK HERE to register and note that all are in MST. This allows individuals to drop in as their shifting schedules allow, you can take what you can one month and make up classes in other months.

Register in advance for This Training. Go to the meetings calendar to register for specific courses.

Amuse’ Course Sessions

Amuse' Mental Health Training
Amuse' Mental Health Training
Amuse' Mental Health Training
Amuse' Mental Health Training

Why Get Involved?

Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling something you can’t share with coworkers, friends or family.  Come to a CHOW meeting to meet with your restaurant family and talk about what is working and what isn’t working in your life. Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling lonely.

We all have a state of mental health, whether it’s good or bad, let’s talk about it.

Research shows that Group Discussions have a transformative effect on both individuals and systems. They:

Improve quality of life.

Improve whole health.

Empower people to make the best decisions.

Help them strive towards their goals.

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How To Volunteer

Your time is valuable and you want to put it to good use. Why not invest it in the important work of making sure our community focuses on their mental health? It’s easy, fun, and so important in our ability to get the word out. Contact us to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Opportunities

CHOW is looking for Part time Meeting Facilitators (Experienced Peer Offering Support) – About 3-5 hours/week. Pay: $30/Hour

Are you interested in being an active part of the movement towards mental health? Would you like to learn how to run/facilitate meetings?

CHOW is seeking compassionate meeting facilitators AND can train you to be a CHOW EXPOS. Ours is a unique community of hospitality professionals. A year of work in the hospitality field is required. To ensure success as a CHOW EXPOS, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

CHOW Peer Responsibilities:

-Attending weekly CHOW meetings, virtual or in-person.

-Documenting the number of attendees.

-Allowing an extra 30 minutes after a meeting to give additional support to members, as needed.

CHOW is looking for volunteer hosts

CHOW would love a few volunteers with experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. We are trying to create a welcoming space for virtual and in-person meetings, Mondays, 6-7pm amd Wednesdays 3-4pm (MST). Volunteers help to welcome attendees and build relationships. If you’re friendly, please apply using our contact page

CHOW is looking for bilingual volunteers

CHOW would love a few bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers with experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. We are trying to create a welcoming space for native Spanish speakers in our On-line Spanish meeting, Tuesdays, 6-7pm. Volunteers help to welcome attendees and build relationships. If you’re friendly, please apply using our contact page

CHOW necesita voluntarios bilingües

CHOW quisiera algunos voluntarios bilingües (español/inglés) con experiencia en la industria de restaurantes/hotelería. Estamos tratando de crear un espacio acogedor para los hablantes nativos de español en nuestra reunión de español en línea, los martes, de 6 a 7 p. m. Los voluntarios ayudan a dar la bienvenida a los asistentes y a construir relaciones. Si es amigable, presente su solicitud utilizando nuestro enlace “Contactar a CHOW”

Event Planning Committee – Part Time, Volunteer Positions

We are creating an event planning committee to help CHOW host a fundraising event next year, 2022. We have an event coordinator hired to do the heavy lifting. We need your creativity and connections! We already have some ideas but need volunteers who are passionate about changing mental health and substance abuse in the hospitality industry to help. The ideal candidates for membership on this committee will be some of the following:

  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Have the unique ability to not give up after four people say ‘no’ because they recognize that the next person they talk to may solve all of their problems!
  • Creative, fun and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written.)
  • Know how to ask for stuff…and get it for free! Not any easy task per se, but in this job a little charm goes a long way!

One person can’t do it all. If a few of these bullet points describe you, please apply to join our planning committee.

Education Committee

CHOW is seeking volunteers to serve on an education committee to help CHOW create a manual for wellness and review our mental health Amuse course.

The ideal candidates will possess one or all of the following:

  • Lived experience with mental health or recovery
  • Work experience in hospitality/restaurants
  • Recognizes all pathways to recovery, i.e., harm reduction
  • Find joy in learning and/or teaching
  • Respect for evidence based practices set forth by SAMHSA/ Mental Health America, etc.
  • Passion for creating mental health, wellness, and recovery friendly workplaces
  • Actively desire to  participate in brainstorming discussions; expresses ideas and feedback
  • Good content review/editing skills

If any of these bullet points describe you, please apply to join CHOW’s education committee.

Speakers and Writers:

“One day you’ll tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will become someone else’s survival guide.” – Brene Brown

We will share your speech or story with our community on our facebook page and website. There’s a saying, “there’s a lid for every pot.” Your story may be the one that reaches someone who needs to feel that community connection and gives them the strength to move on.

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How To Become A Sponsor

Is your business or organization looking for a way to invest in our hospitality community? With sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $30,000, there is an opportunity for everyone’s budget to make an impact.

For more information, please contact Executive Director, Erin Boyle.

How CHOW will utilize your generous contribution

Wellness Opportunities

General Sponsorship $1,000-30,000 | CHOW is a young nonprofit organization and it relies entirely on grants and donations. A general sponsorship donation will help us with all bills as they arrive. Everything from paying for our Zoom platform to paying our discussion coaches. This style of donation allows our Council to utilize the funds in the manner that will best serve the organization.

Program Sponsorship, $30,000 | Help us spread CHOW to other cities. This donation would allow us to find and hire industry professionals to host meetings, provide funds for clinical care, spread printed material, and all aspects related to creating a CHOW chapter.

Incentivizing Wellness, $1,000-10,000 | We believe that good mental health behavior should be encouraged and rewarded. Our members can track their discussions, therapy, fitness, etc…and be rewarded when they reach milestones. This donation will allow us to provide healthy rewards for the effort each person makes towards improvement.

Outreach Opportunities

Newsletter, $10,000 | Help us fund and create a printed newsletter. Getting our newsletter printed and mailed is an excellent way to ensure the inclusion of the multitude of restaurants, hotels, and distributors. Sponsorship of the newsletter tells readers you are committed to advocating for better mental health in the restaurant industry.

Monthly E-mail Newsletter, $2,500 | We send out our newsletter each month to our community. The e-newsletter is full of information about all of the ways readers can get involved with meetings and classes, help themselves, get care, or volunteer.

Direct Clinical Care Services Opportunities

Clinical Services $1,000 – $10,000 | Your donation will provide clinical care for members of CHOW. Our industry usually doesn’t provide health care benefits and your contribution would allow us to provide therapy at no cost to the individual.

Donate

To keep our meetings and discussion groups free and accessible to all, we rely on grants and individual donations. Please give whatever you can and support mental wellness in the hospitality industry.

Start A Meeting

A fantastic way to get involved is to start your own meeting! If you would like to start a meeting in your area, please contact us and we will help you create a group. We will provide a welcome package including how to structure a meeting, ideas for fundraising, educational and branding material.

Let’s Talk About It!

Have a question? Looking to get involved as a business or individual? Get in touch with us and let us help you get the ball rolling towards making an impact on the mental health of your hospitality community!