This year’s recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award is Rashida Black.



We are honored to announce our Youth Crisis Services Volunteer of the Year award recipient, Rashida Black.

Rashida received the award at our annual Volunteer and Community Appreciation event, held at ZED451 restaurant, in Chicago. Experience our evening through the photo gallery below:

The evening was lovely, with friends and family of our volunteers and donors mingling with members of our board and staff, and learning more about our work. The highlight of the evening was Rashida’s thoughts after she received her award.

“I volunteer at NRS because I believe in the organization’s mission and in the folks who help to fulfill that mission 24/7. Acknowledgement as Volunteer of the Year is a reflection of the outstanding NRS staff.”

Rashida Black, NRS youth crisis services volunteer of the year, 2015

“At NRS, volunteers are challenged to sit with the fear, desperation, and vulnerability of our callers. NRS curricula and staff provide tools that help to make a difference in the lives of callers, the lives of those who care about those callers, and in the lives of liners who provide more than support, encouragement, reassurance, and resources. Each time we respond to those brave enough to ask for help, we’re also granted an opportunity to grow, understand our world, and heal through intense and personal connections.”

“Essentially NRS realigns our humanity — human connections and helping each other is the core of the NRS’ mission and the reason I volunteer.”

Congratulations and thank you to Rashida for her exemplary dedication to the youth we serve.

Interested in volunteering to help youth considering running away or whom are already on the street? Consider applying to become a volunteer today!


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