Summer Helpline Volunteer/Intern
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 summer volunteers and interns to staff our 24/7 suicide prevention helplines. Samaritans provides emotional support through our traditional phone helpline and our new text 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 on both the phone line and text line. Trainings are provided monthly which include 32 hours of classroom instruction followed by 15-20 hours of practicum (hours flexible for practicum portion of the training).
We are currently looking for interns and volunteers for our accelerated summer program. Commitment is 150 hours of service, done in 3-4 four hour helpline shifts a week, with 2 overnight shifts a month.
To begin the application process, interested candidates must first submit a volunteer inquiry online. Interested candidates must then fill out an application and come into the office for an interview.
Please visit our website at www.samaritanshope.org/volunteering to submit an online inquiry and view our information session video.
About Samaritans, Inc.
41 West Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, US
Samaritans' mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress, and suicidal feelings among individuals in the community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.
Samaritans provides life saving suicide prevention services throughout Greater Boston, MetroWest, and across Massachusetts. Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.
24/7 Crisis Services - You can call or text us anytime you feel isolated, desperate, suicidal, or concerned about someone else in your life.
Grief Support Services - If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you can find support through events, meetings, and peer networks.
Community Education & Outreach - Learn how to help someone in crisis by hosting a suicide prevention workshop at your school, workplace, or organization.