Trained HOTLINE Volunteers answer phone calls from people in the community who are experiencing personal distress, feeling alone, needing help, looking for resources, and needing a "listening ear". The 40 hour weekly training course of 3 hours/week teaches volunteers skills which are helpful over the phone, via chat and text. Training topics include: Active Listening Skills, Addiction Awareness, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Community Resources. HOTLINE Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. To register for HOTLINE training, go to www.contactofmercer.org or call 609-883-2880.
Classes are held 9:30am--12:30pm and 7-10pm. Volunteers attend one class each week either the morning or the evening session. The course starts on Feb. 7 and runs weekly through April 25.
There is a one time training fee of $35 which includes the training book and other materials.
For further information go to www.contactofmercer.org.
- People Skills
- Mental Health
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Crisis Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Training course is 3 hours/week for 10 weeks.
- Following training, HOTLINE volunteers serve 8-12 hours/month.