National Volunteer Week is a time…

National Runaway Safeline volunteers

Our call center volunteers hard at work.

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize and celebrate those individuals who give back their time and service to the community. National Volunteer Week was started in 1974 and is held during one week annually in April. Volunteers are the foundation in many non-profit organizations, and especially in ours.

The National Runaway Safeline has an amazing group of volunteers that staff our hotline. Volunteers complete 40 hours of classroom and experiential training before they are able to take their first call. Crisis line volunteers are asked to make a one-year commitment and to serve 2-4 hours per week. Our volunteers makes it possible for us to provide the service that we do.

It is always important to give thanks and appreciation to those that deserve it, and our volunteers definitely deserve it. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their service, but we try to when we can. During the month of March, we hosted a volunteer appreciation week. And later this week, we will host a Volunteer and Community Recognition dinner.

So the whole purpose of National Volunteer Week is to say “Thank you”, because sometimes it isn’t said enough. If you know someone who volunteers, tell them “Thank you”. If you volunteer somewhere, I want to say “Thank you” for making a difference.

And if you want to start volunteering, there a lot of organizations in need of your service. You can check out for local volunteer opportunities. If you’d like to support our work, check out our website to see if we fit what you’re looking for, whether you’d like to volunteer at our call center in Chicago or raise awareness nationwide.

– Dyanne