The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Lines for Life exists to prevent suicide and substance abuse.
Lines for Life operates 24/7 crisis lines including the NSPL (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255). Additional lines include the Oregon Alcohol and Drug HelpLine 1-800-923-HELP, a Military Helpline 888-457-4838, the City of Portland Lifeline 503-972-3456 and a peer-to-peer YouthLine 1-877-553-TEEN.
I say this a lot about Lines for Life: the only privilege greater than serving beside the extraordinary staff and volunteers there is the privilege of serving people in need. From training to support to the culture of Lines, the environment and team mentality are what make this work possible. My first shift after training included a call from a person in deep crisis. It was a very long, very challenging night. From early in the conversation the supervisors engaged to support me as I worked to build rapport with the caller. There was no way to do it alone, and I went home that night with the most profound confidence in the staff and their abilities to gather together and show up in spades for the caller and for me. This work, with this organization, makes me feel so proud.
This is a great organization to align with. They are extremely supportive of the staff and volunteers. The work I've done as a volunteer has been fulfilling and life altering. The training is comprehensive and supportive and no prior experience with crisis work is required. This was a big plus because all I entered those doors with was a willing heart. The people that call in are in high need and what a wonderful thing it is to know that we are there for them. I could share many experiences in which I know that we saved lives and that is the greatest gift of all. Very Highly recommend!!!
Volunteering at Lines for Life has been a life-altering experience for me. The training was great, and the people you work with and volunteer with are some of the best people I know. The experience has left me a more compassionate and empathic person. It is worth it!
This is a great organization to volunteer for! Every shift I leave with the feeling that I have made a positive difference for someone else. There is a team philosophy, where everyone is an equal member of the team as well as one of the most supportive work environments I have been part of. If you want to make a difference in people's lives, you will get that opportunity here.