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 – Spring 2021 Orientation meetings take place online and you only need to attend one. All times are Central Time. Fall meeting dates are: Monday, January 18th at 6:00 pm Tuesday, January 26th at 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 pm After the meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out an application form. Applications will be due back by February 5th at 7 pm. After applications have been reviewed, we interview training candidates to help us select those who are the best fit for our 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 2 training groups running concurrently this spring. One meeting on Sunday afternoons, the other on Monday evenings starting February 11th. Important Dates: Sunday, February 11th, 12:30 pm – first training session ASIST training, March 3 and 4, 8:30am-4:40 pm No training March 18 and 19 (Spring Break) No training April 1 and 2 (Easter) Last day of training, April 22/23 If you are interested in learning more about our next training opportunity this coming summer, join us at the next meeting 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.