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Help Your Community as a Crisis Line Volunteer

Do you have 4 hours a week to give to a worthwhile service? Want to help make your community a better place in which to live and work? You will find a sense of fulfillment by becoming a Crisis Line Volunteer and taking the time to help a person in need.

Crisis Line of Will and Grundy County is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week comprehensive suicide prevention hotline. Crisis Line offers telephone counseling, information and referrals, reassurance calls for elderly and homebound individuals and suicide prevention and intervention.

In order to become a paraprofessional operator an individual must attend Crisis Line’s training. This consists of training in normal and abnormal psychology, suicide prevention and emergency procedures, family problems, drug and alcohol abuse, the structure of the community services and the techniques of non-directive counseling. The training classes are held in the Spring and Fall on Monday and Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Internships are offered. For further information please call the Crisis Line Administrative Office at 815-744-5280.

Get Involved with a Local Coalition

A number of coalitions are at work in Will County and surrounding communities for the purpose of improving behavioral health and creating healthier communities. These groups have a multitude of volunteer opportunities, and often offer the volunteer a chance to use their own special skills and talents. Here are some of those groups and how you can contact them:

Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization
Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization HERO’s mission is to stop the growing heroin epidemic that has rapidly swept across nation through our own programs and by supporting strategic pieces of legislation all while providing comfort and support to those who have lost a loved one to heroin or are currently helping a loved one who is struggling with this terrible disease. Use the website to contact HERO for information about volunteering.

Hispanic Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties
Hispanic Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties The overarching goal of the HLC is to make life better for the Hispanic/Latino community. One of the focus areas is to encourage students to continue their education beyond high school, and so the HLC offers a scholarship program. The coalition also offers a summer camp program for Hispanic-Latino youth that provides educational activities along with safe summer fun. Volunteers with a wide variety of interests are needed to run these activities. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Maria Herrera at 815-725-3491 ext. 2217 or Barbara Stott-Schmoe at 815-651-2704.

Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community
Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community The mission of the WCHC is to create a safe, caring, and drug-free community for the children and adults of this Southern Will County community. The WCHC is involved in many efforts that support this, including Road to Reality, an experiential event designed to teach youth and adults about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving; Family Day, an annual campaign to help parents understand the importance of eating meals with their children; and much more. For information about volunteering, contact Megan or Meri at 815-476-1660 or email.