Volunteer of the Month Alex GeorgeMeet the National Runaway Safeline’s (NRS) June 2018, volunteer of the month, Alex George, and learn why he chooses to serve youth in crisis at NRS.

 

How did you first become involved with NRS?
I first learned about NRS at the volunteer expo last year in March.  After talking to the people at NRS’ booth I thought it could be a good fit so I went to the orientation.  I loved that at NRS there is the opportunity to have a direct impact on at-risk youth.

What keeps you coming back?
As someone who always had a good home and identifies as part of the LGBTQ community, it has always hit me how many friends I have who had much worse experiences at teens.  As I continue to go through life it’s easy to see the value NRS can have as a potential life changer for people.

What have you gained from this experience?
I have learned a great deal at NRS.  From harm reduction techniques to better active listening, NRS has positively impacted my life outside of NRS.  I have been able to talk with friends who suffer from depression and feel like I am capable of helping them through it.

Can you tell us about a call that stuck with you?
When I was listening in, a very talented liner had a tough call from a mid-twenties couple who were fighting.  The liner did a fantastic job talking to both of them and by the end of the call they went from “I hate you and don’t trust you” to “I love you and I’m sorry”.  Hearing and feeling the positive impact this call had on the callers still to this day gives me the happy chills!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fellow volunteers?
Even on the worst days at NRS, the supervisors and other liners continually impress me with the accepting atmosphere they create.  It’s an amazing group of humans who I love being around!

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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