To the editor,
Have you been thinking about volunteering for awhile, but you are not sure about the time commitment? These days, between family, work and social obligations, it can be difficult to add anything else to our plates. However, you do not have to turn your life upside down to make a difference.
Pictou County Help Line is in need of volunteers, your commitment would be two four hour shifts per month, which you choose to fit your schedule.
First, let’s talk about the misconceptions, you don’t need to have experience, and every call isn’t a crisis call.
Help Line exists to meet specific needs within our community. Despite the growing number of social agencies, many people suffer from loneliness, unemployment, and many other challenging situations. Help Line is there when other agencies are closed, weekends, holidays and even Christmas Day. Help Line is a referral service directing clients to resources for basic human needs of food, clothing and shelter. Sometimes, people just need a listening ear and Help Line provides that as well. Although these calls are not crisis calls, it may seem like a crisis to the person calling.
Last year Help Line answered over 6,000 calls, dealing with many issues. A large percentage of these calls were “ listening ear” that required the volunteer to listen without judgment.
Our volunteers are our lifeline and without them we would not be able to maintain our current hours of 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Volunteer recruitment is a constant challenge – if you are a friendly, caring and compassionate individual then Help Line is the place to volunteer.
Why not make Help Line your new fall project? The rewards of being a Help Line volunteer are priceless, call 755-5790 today for an application or to discuss any concerns you may have about being a Help Line volunteer.
Remember, no previous experience is necessary, we provide the training – you provide the time. The hours you volunteer are your choice, call Help Line today to make a difference in someone’s life.
Pictou County Help Line