A lot of people talk about making a difference, but you were one of the rare individuals who not only said you wanted to help, but actually did something about it. You joined a dedicated group of people who have a lot in common through this shared experience.
We all took the steps to become volunteers. We went through interviews wondering if we’d make the cut. We felt intimidated by those all-day Saturday trainings and questioned if we could even do the work. And we had butterflies in our stomachs on those first few calls; the thought of having a real live person in crisis on the other end of the line was terribly daunting.
But we religiously scheduled our monthly shifts, worked long overnights before rushing off to the rest of our busy lives. It wasn’t always easy, but it was important work. We felt a sense of satisfaction as part of the Samaritans family, all of us devoted to helping people when they needed it most.
Then life got in the way, other responsibilities arose and for whatever reason, we were forced to step away. And, while, we can’t always stay a volunteer forever, we can stay connected to this organization that means so much to us.
You know from your time at Samaritans providing support to those in need, the value of the work we do. You know that suicide is not just something that touches other people. You know the devotion and motivation of hotline volunteers. You saw first-hand the challenges we face providing those in need with the free services necessary for their emotional maintenance and survival.
Stay connected to your Samaritans family and join us as we walk to raise awareness and much-needed funds. You might not be able to answer calls anymore, but you can still be there for NYer’s in need and help the organization continue its mission of preventing suicide and saving lives.