National Runaway Safeline

AllieThis month we’re celebrating Allie as Volunteer of the Month! She always lights up the crisis services team with her boundless energy and passion for providing crisis intervention for youth in crisis.

Fun Fact (something people may not know already about you):

I came to Chicago for the improv and stayed for the Portillo’s chocolate cake. (But FORREAL check out the Real Housewives of Improv Fridays at the Playground Theater and on fb/iNsTa #plug)

How did you first become involved with NRS?

I was feeling pretty not great about the 2016 election and wanted to start actively putting good into the world. I found NRS and the dots connected!

What keeps you coming back?

I keep coming back for the camaraderie in the crisis services center that helps to give the tough days/calls some levity.

What have you learned from your experiences here?

I’ve learned that listening is one of the most important tools we humans have! And that it takes practice (what have these ears been doing this whole time?!).

Give us a story from your experience that stuck with you:

I was on the phone with a youth who called very upset. He had seen some adult toys in his parents’ closet and was overwhelmed. We talked for a while, discussed some coping mechanisms, and he just let out his feelings. At the end of the call, he said, “Ma’am, wherever in the world you are, just know that I love you.”

Open Mic Moment (this is your chance to say to all volunteers whatever you would like):

I don’t know what to say other than you are all beautiful humans and I’m in awe that y’all exist. I’m not southern, but I do stand by that y’all.

If you are in the Chicago area and interested in becoming a youth crisis services volunteer at NRS, sign up for an upcoming Volunteer Orientation. Please e-mail Jamin Draves, Volunteer Coordinator, at with any questions.

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