The newly re-opened Crisis Line of Utah County is looking for committed volunteers to work three-hour shifts as phone line workers.
Volunteers should enjoy helping others, be good listeners and non-judgmental. No previous experience is necessary.Crisis Line is operating from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., and officials hope to offer 24-hour service once they have enough volunteers to cover all the shifts. Some calls involve suicide, while other callers may simply be lonely and need a listening ear or a referral to any agency that can help them. During the past year, almost 6,000 calls were logged.
Volunteers receive necessary training before they begin their weekly shift, said Director Janet Davis. A new training session is planned for early April, and other sessions will be scheduled as needed to accommodate interested volunteers.
Training sessions include education about community programs where callers may be referred, as well as instruction in listening skills and how to deal with active suicide calls.
Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and able to make an eight-month commitment to stay with the Crisis Line. Davis said the volunteers need to be "mature enough in their own life functioning to be able to cope with the stress of crisis work."
For more information on becoming a Crisis Line volunteer, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108. Other volunteer opportunities:
- Help brighten the upcoming Easter season for a homebound elderly person living alone. Put together an Easter basket with fruit and small gifts. If you want to deliver it directly to the person's home, two weeks notice is needed. Otherwise, agency outreach workers can deliver the baskets.
- Youth Village, a Pleasant Grove non-profit group home for abused girls, needs a volunteer plumber and electrician to help with two to three days of maintenance work in April. Supplies will be provided.
- Senior Citizens, age 60 and older, are needed to volunteer as senior companions or foster grandparents. Volunteers who meet low-income guidelines are paid a stipend of $2.35 per hour, which does not affect any other senior benefits. Stipended volunteers are asked to work 20 hours each week.
For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.