How To Volunteer
There are many ways to volunteer to help crisis centers perform their life saving jobs and also to directly or indirectly help people on the brink of taking their own lives. Each of us have a valuable role to play and can part of this incredible safety net.
The first step in volunteering is to find out what you are most suited for in the world of suicide prevention. We all need to be valued and needed. It is a basic human need and the best thing you can do to help another person is to make sure you are equipped, healthy and in a position to give of yourself without hurting yourself in the process. That will insure a longer duration of volunteer support and you remaining a part of the solution. Our main credo and value is “at first do no harm” and that means internally as well as externally. We never want a volunteer to be harmed in the process of selflessly giving of their time and energy to help others.
The three primary ways you can help as a volunteer are to become a trained crisis line worker, support or help create an awareness and fundraising event in your town that will be sustainable, provide some service needed by the crisis hotline community ranging from IT to administrative support. They include legal work, graphic arts, printing, accounting, carpentry, electrical and so on. Whatever a business needs our field tends to need it as well and usually is lacking in many of these areas. The vast majority of crisis centers in the Hopeline Network do not have a auto generator to provide power if their facility is hit by a power outage. This would be unthinkable in the 9-1-1 world, which much like the suicide crisis hotline stand between the person and crisis and the rescuer that is ready to help.
The choice of most people who sign up to volunteer is to become a crisis line worker. The reality is there is a serious investment of time to become a trained and certified crisis line worker. There is a minimum of 50 hours of training required and a battery of tests and screens to go through before you answer your first call or respond to your first email or chat.
to go to our volunteer application form.
Please fill it out to let us know what contribution you would like to make to this amazing safety net we call the National Hopeline Network.
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
1250 24th Street NW
Washington, DC 20037