Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
PRS CrisisLink is looking for empathetic, non-judgmental, and caring volunteers to answer our suicide and crisis prevention hotline calls and texts at our call center. Our volunteers are committed to saving lives and preventing tragedies. Last year, we handled over 35,000 calls and thanks to our highly trained volunteers, our crisis and suicide prevention hotlines operate 24/7 to support individuals facing a life crisis or suicide, and connect them to community resources, empowering individuals to help themselves.
Crisis Worker volunteers receive over 60 hours of intensive training to handle crisis calls. Training includes a 2-Day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) which is an evidence-based certification training, a multi day in person hotline training, online training modules, and on the job training/shadowing.
For our next training session, priority will be given to those applicants who are available to cover shifts in our areas of highest need and call volume. Shifts available are; daytime, evenings, and weekends and are subject to a screening process and interview.
Benefits: PRS CrisisLink volunteers acquire excellent communication and suicide prevention skills that last a lifetime. Volunteers who complete their commitment receive letters of recommendation.
How to Apply:
Please visit our website (provided below) to review the volunteer position and apply: https://prsinc.org/crisislink/volunteer/crisishotline/
Must be 21 years old.
Must be willing to meet the challenge by committing to 150 hours of service (with one 3 hour shift per week for one year) after successful completion of training.
A non refundable $50 training fee is required and covers background check and the materials provided to each trainee. The fee is payable at the time of acceptance into the training program.