I volunteer for NRS, answering calls on the 24-hour hotline. Towards the end of my last shift, I got a really interesting and motivating call. It was…

I volunteer for NRS, answering calls on the 24-hour hotline. Towards the end of my last shift, I got a really interesting and motivating call. It was from a woman who hadn’t heard about the runaway issue before she saw the recent feature in the New York Times. She said that reading about the seriousness of youth running away roused her to get involved. She wanted to know how she could help. I told her that the easiest way to help out is to go to the website, and she enthusiastically thanked me before getting off the phone. Pretty much everyone was excited by the publicity NRS has been getting lately, and this shows why. Not only does increased awareness lead to more volunteers and donors, but it lets any youth out there know that there is a place to turn. Recently, I’ve been talking a lot to family and friends about the Switchboard’s mission. A friend of mine actually decided to become a volunteer after we spoke about it! So whether you distribute green lights for National Runaway Prevention Month, hang fliers, or just talk about NRS, it’s really worthwhile. – Will