On Monday, NRS celebrated the hard work of its many crisis line volunteers with three hours of food, drinks, magic, and awards in downtown…

On Monday, NRS celebrated the hard work of its many crisis line volunteers with three hours of food, drinks, magic, and awards in downtown Chicago. Why, you ask?

Besides the obvious fact that, without its volunteers, NRS would not be able to deliver the service that it does (volunteers are the heart of NRS, right?), the week of April 15 -21 is National Volunteer Week. It’s a time to recognize our potential, to be inspired by our ability to come together as a collective around various causes and make change – no pay check necessary.

Every day, volunteers upon volunteers make their way to NRS to answer phones in the call center, to help homeless individuals find nearby shelter, to chat online with youth who have run away, to reunite families, and, most importantly, to be listeners. National Volunteer Week, established in 1974, encourages and urges everyone to get involved and find a service opportunity in their community in which to participate.

Don’t let the fact that it’s only a week trip you up. This week in April stands as a jumping-off point, a beginning to making service and community involvement a part of our day-to-day routine.
– Colin

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