Volunteers help to deliver critical services to those who are in need or at risk for suicide. Volunteering is a great way to help others in your community. But why volunteer? According to the University of California:
- It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards by helping to reduce stress and can help you feel better.
- It saves resources. Volunteering helps save money so that more resources can be put into helping those in need.
- Volunteers gain professional experience.
- It brings people together. Volunteering helps to bring people from different backgrounds together for a common cause.
- It promotes personal growth and self esteem by helping volunteers understand community needs which helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
- Volunteering strengthens your community.
- You learn a lot. Volunteering can help you discover hidden talents.
- You get a change to give back.
- Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
- You make a difference!
All of volunteers are trained to:
- Assess services needs by applying listening skills;
- Utilize agency resources to match callers with needed services and information to provide appropriate referrals;
- Recognize and respond to persons in crisis, including callers with thoughts of suicide;
- Document call reports with an eye to detail and accuracy of information entry –utilizing a computer entry system to record each contact with client.
Volunteers should have excellent communication skills, computer literacy, and reliable transportation. Bilingual skills across all languages welcomed!