Meet NRS’ volunteer of the month for September 2017, Madison Beaton, and learn why she chooses to serve youth in crisis at NRS.

NRS Volunteer of the Month | Madison Beaton | September 2017

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I LOVE movies- especially horror/thrillers. 

How did you first get involved with NRS? Initially, I was looking for a volunteer opportunity to shake-up my weekly routine. I’ve always loved helping others, and NRS felt like the perfect match.

Why do you choose to keep coming back to work as a youth volunteer? 

1) I love the fact that every call is different and an opportunity to help someone new. 2) The amazing volunteers/supervisors I have the chance to work with on a weekly basis.

Youth Volunteer of the Month | Madison Beaton | September 2017

What have you gained from your experience? One thing NRS has taught me is that there is no monopoly on pain/suffering. Everyone has the right to feel what they are feeling, and it’s a comfort to know that NRS is a resource for people to utilize in times of need. 

Can you tell us about a call that stuck with you? My first 90+ minute call- I had to focus the call many times, but at the end of the conversation the youth felt hopeful and optimistic. 

If you are in the Chicago area and interested in becoming a youth crisis services volunteer at NRS, email Jamin Draves at


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