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.
A little more about the Friendship Line, in case you don't already know: We are the only accredited crisis hotline devoted to older adults and people with disabilities in America. We receive and make approximately 10,000 calls a month. The brunt of our calls are considered "warmline" conversations (non-urgent calls), depressed older adults that just want someone to talk to and listen to them. As volunteer you would provide emotional support, reassurance, crisis intervention, well-being checks, in addition to information and referrals.
If this sounds of interest to you I encourage you to fill out our online application:
After we receive your application I’d like to discuss (on the phone) more what volunteering for the Friendship Line looks like. The next step would be an in person interview that one of our supervisors would schedule with you via email.