“…NRS gives you a way to connect to people in need and offer a helping hand…”

On April 17, 2018, Kerrie Klein was named National Runaway Safeline’s (NRS) Volunteer of Year for 2018. Since 2015, Kerrie Klein has volunteered about 360 hours of service in the 1-800-RUNAWAY crisis services center.

“A few years ago, I was looking for ways to get more involved in the community. A coworker introduced me to the volunteer opportunities at NRS, and I was intrigued by NRS’ mission and that it was based out of Chicago. After learning more about NRS, I knew I wanted to be part of it,” said Klein. “NRS provides volunteers with fantastic training and support before and after you start working in the crisis services center. And more importantly, NRS gives you a way to connect to people in need and offer a helping hand, whether that be helping them find the resources they need or providing a word of encouragement when they’re not sure what to do next. It’s a great feeling to be able to help someone, even in a small way, when they’re feeling overwhelmed. That and the incredible dedication of the NRS staff and other volunteers inspires me to keep coming back.”

Learn more about Kerrie Klein from her Volunteer of the Month interview in June 2017.

If you are in the Chicago area and interested in becoming a youth crisis services volunteer at NRS, email Jamin Draves at JDraves@1800RUNAWAY.org.


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