Volunteers are the heart of National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We count on our volunteers to help be there for youth in crisis.

Crisis Line Worker (Chicago volunteers only)

  • As part of our frontline team, you can help through our hotline and online services to assist individuals in crisis who seek out our support services. Crisis Line Workers are asked to make a one-year commitment and serve 2-4 hours per week. Minimum age is 16.
  • Before taking their first call, each liner must complete a 40-hour training program including classroom and experiential training of our crisis intervention model. After successful completion of the training, volunteers are qualified to answer calls, chats, and emails in the crisis hotline and online center with an experienced NRS supervisor always present, offering support and assistance when necessary. Click here to learn more about the training process and to see a sample training schedule.

CRISIS LINE volunteer application

Administrative Support (Chicago volunteers only)

  • If you are unable to make a long-term commitment, you can help short-term with administrative duties as assistance is always needed in filing, data entry, and general office work.

If interested in either volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Bowlin at volunteer@1800RUNAWAY.org or 773-289-1726.

Current Crisis Line Worker

  • Are you a current liner looking to pick up a shift? Please log in to sign up for a shift.