"I volunteer for RCC on the Crisis Line. I have been well trained to take the calls.
I try to picture the person calling and try to speak to them as I would a good friend who has gone through this experience.
Although I don't always succeed I feel honored to help a caller through whatever they are going through--- if only for a moment. I know that other volunteers are available around the clock to take calls, too. It's a great group of people to be affiliated with. Who value both you and your gift of time. Join in whenever you can. Look on this site for information about upcoming events and trainings. You'll be so glad you did."
"All the things I've done in my life have led me to this point..."
"Did you know that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year there are two people in this city who are ready to drop everything, to walk away from their dinner, their family, their job, because a stranger is in pain? Now, I don’t know who all of these people are. I feel privileged to have met a few, but I don’t know them all. I don’t know if they are gay or straight; I don’t know if they are black or white; I don’t know if they are Baptist or Methodist, or Jewish or Buddhist or atheist. I don’t know why they do what they do.
An old Quaker adage says “Let your life speak.” When all the trappings fall away, when it really matters, what does your life say? What do you want it to say?"
"There have been people in my life who have been sexually abused. When I learned about volunteering for RCC, it just seemed the right thing to do...
I could help people though some of their darkest hours. I like to think that I was able to help."
A Volunteer's Story