Volunteer What it Means to be a Volunteer Volunteer counselors answer calls on a local hotline for emotional support and mental health crises a well as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline–which might sound a little overwhelming. Our training is very thorough and you’ll have the support of dozens of other volunteer counselors and staff. You can truly be a lifesaver. Informational meetings are held in January, May, and August/September; they are open to the public and provide information about HQCC, our training program, and what it’s like to volunteer at the center. Training is held three times each year, beginning in February, June, and September. While being a volunteer counselor involves a major commitment, it is also incredibly rewarding. This is valuable training and experience for anyone, regardless of career path or stage of your life. You will learn basic listening and counseling skills that will be useful in your personal and professional life. HQCC is a great opportunity to work with a group of caring people who want to make a difference by providing direct, meaningful service to people who turn to us for help. We offer a thorough training program, so no previous training or experience is needed. All you need is compassion and the willingness to help others. Volunteer Counselor Training – Fall 2021 Orientation meetings take place online and you only need to attend one. All times are Central Time. The Fall 2021 meeting dates are: Thursday, August 26th at 6:00pm Monday, August 30th at 6:00pm Wednesday, September 1st at 6:00pm Tuesday, September 7th at 6:00pm Join the info session via Zoom: Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/87937842000Meeting ID: 879 3784 2000One tap mobile+12532158782,,87937842000# US (Tacoma)+13462487799,,87937842000# US (Houston)Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)Meeting ID: 879 3784 2000Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcMHtsrkP2 **Zoom links are also on our Facebook event pages After the meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out an application form. Applications will be due back by September 15th by 7 pm. After applications have been reviewed, we interview training candidates to help us select those who are the best fit for the work. Volunteer counselor training will take place online, but volunteer shifts take place in person at our crisis call center in Lawrence, KS. There will be two training groups running concurrently this Fall. One meeting on Sunday afternoons, the other on Monday evenings starting September 19th & 20th. Important Dates: If you are interested in learning more about our next training opportunity this coming Fall, join us at the next info session or contact us. You can also support our training by sponsoring a volunteer! Click here to learn more about sponsorship. Fill out the form below and we’ll send you reminders, and Zoom links to the informational meeting.