PRS CrisisLink’s CareRing program focuses on seniors who are at high risk of isolation, depression, and suicide. We make daily phone calls to clients, usually lasting 10 - 15 minutes. Social isolation is the leading cause of depression and suicide in the senior population, but is combatable with daily phone calls from someone who is empathetic and employs active listening.
CareRing volunteers receive 8 hours of intensive, small group and on-the-job training to handle crisis calls. Trainings are located at the CrisisLink call center in Arlington, VA. See our website for upcoming training dates: https://prsinc.org/carering-volunteering/
You must be 21 years of age to volunteer with CareRing.
Must be willing to commit to at least one 3 hour shift per week after successful completion of training for one full year after training is complete.
You must be able to access reliable transportation to the PRS CrisisLink location in Arlington, VA for your weekly shift.
What we’re offering:
Tools and skillsets to provide effective emotional and social support to all age groups, but in particular seniors (60+) over the phone.
Learn of local resources available for seniors.
A chance to increase individual’s feelings of social connectedness - a chance to make people smile!
You will also learn intervention skills and how to implement them, suicide intervention skills, Information & Referral skills, and active listening skills.
What makes a great CareRing volunteer?
People who succeed in this program show many of the following attributes:
- ? Social Connectedness
- ? Altruism/Selflessness
- ? Empathy
- ? Concern for others
- ? Desire to listen to other people’s stories.
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- One 3 hour shift every week.