“As volunteers we get comprehensive training, and are well supported by our dedicated supervisors and NRS’ staff. For me, it is truly a privilege to be able to volunteer and support the mission of NRS.”
2017 NRS Volunteer of the Year: Ken Lavelle
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is honoring Ken Lavelle of Chicago, IL, as its 2017 NRS Volunteer of the Year.
Lavelle will be recognized for exceeding his commitment to assisting youth and their families across the country at NRS’ Volunteer and Community Recognition Event taking place on April 26 in the iconic Walnut Room at Macy’s in Chicago, IL.
“Volunteers like Ken are the lifeblood of our organization, and without them, we wouldn’t be as effective in providing the prevention and crisis intervention resources needed by youth, their families and community members today. Besides being a frontline team member, Ken is the treasurer on our board of directors,” said Maureen Blaha, NRS’ executive director.
“We congratulate Ken on this honor, and sincerely thank him for giving selflessly of his time, talents and leadership in service to our nation’s youth.”
Since 2015, Lavelle has volunteered about 290 hours of service in the 1-800-RUNAWAY crisis services center. Over the past one and half years, he helped youth through the hotline and online services. This includes reconnecting youth with their families through NRS’ Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc.
“NRS has a proud history of over 40 years of nationwide support for our youth in need and their families,” said Lavelle.
“We have over 250,000 contacts annually, and continue to grow. As volunteers, we get comprehensive training. We are also well supported by our dedicated supervisors and staff. For me, it is truly a privilege to be able to volunteer and support the mission of NRS.”
More than 120 NRS volunteers support youth through 24-hour crisis services. They also serve on our associate board, National Runaway Prevention Month Task Force and as Street Team ambassadors.
Learn about volunteer opportunities at NRS.