Let’s learn more about Jimmy and why he chooses to volunteer his time in our crisis services center.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. Hmmm, I make delicious smoothies, but I’m also an expert pizza reheater : )
How did you first get involved with NRS? I attended the volunteer expo at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Btw, our next orientation is March 27th. Be sure to check it out!
Why do you choose to keep coming back to volunteer? The voices on the other end of the phone keep me coming back. Knowing I make a difference is a great feeling. If I didn’t live so far, I’d be at the call center a lot more often.
What have you gained from your experience? I now realize humanity is not hopeless. Also, I have grown so much. I feel more comfortable asking others for help and my ego is less in control.
Can you tell us about a call that stuck with you? For several reasons, I wasn’t able to give a caller any resources that could help them. But the caller was grateful that I was there to listen. Opening up to me helped the caller relieve some of the stress and anxiety.
Is there anything you would say to someone interested in volunteering? It may be hard to help someone who is being difficult or mean over the phone, but please remember to keep calm. We are there to help as best we can. It isn’t personal. Please don’t take it personal…. and keep up the great work!!!
If you are interested in volunteering at NRS, you can email our volunteer coordinator Rebecca Bowlin at RBowlin@1800RUNAWAY.org.