Samaritans, Inc. is the premier suicide prevention organization in the communities of Greater Boston and MetroWest, providing lifesaving services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Samaritans' purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, to educate the public about suicide prevention and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.
We are currently seeking volunteers to staff our 24/7 suicide prevention helpline. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization and while they come from many different backgrounds and experiences they share a desire to make our community stronger through the simplicity of human connection.
Successful candidates will possess the ability to empathize with others and have strong listening skills. No previous experience is required; all volunteers receive training that will equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide emotional support to callers.
We offer a traditional 9 month commitment of a few hours a week, as well as potential accelerated commitments for those who have more time to give within a smaller time frame.
We are currently seeking applications (from candidates 15 years of age and older) for the following positions:
- Adult Volunteers (200 hour commitment, done in 4 hour shift blocks. 9 overnights [11pm-7am] required). Applications accepted year round.
- Teen Volunteers (125 hour commitment, done in 3 hour shift blocks). Applications accepted year round.
To begin the application process, interested candidates must attend an Information Session and complete an interview with a current staff member or volunteer. Please visit our website at www.samaritanshope.org/volunteering to submit an online inquiry and receive a list of upcoming Information Session dates.
- Mental Health
- People Skills
- Crisis Intervention
- Crisis Counseling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 15
- Orientation or Training
- 3-4 hours per week