Would you help?
National Runaway Safeline was established in 1971 to fill a comprehensive crisis intervention need for young people in Chicago. Since then, NRS has grown to a national nonprofit organization that fields 250,000 connections per year. NRS' mission is to keep America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
1-800-RUNAWAY is a resource for runaway and homeless youth and their families; it’s free, confidential, and provides support and access to resources 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In order to operate and serve the public, we rely on volunteer staff to operate our crisis call center. This includes fielding incoming phone calls, emails, live chat and monitoring our virtual bulletin board.
The next events are:
Tuesday, November 1st, from 6pm to 8pm.
Monday, November 28th, from 6pm to 8pm.
Orientation sessions are mandatory for those who are interested in the training. In order to be considered for a volunteer position, you must be at least 16 years of age, and living in the Chicagoland area.
The orientation includes an introduction to runaway and homeless youth issues, our history, values, internship and work-study opportunities, and expectations. A personal interview with one of our staff will follow the orientation. Before taking their first call, each “liner” must complete a 40-hour training program including classroom and experiential training.
More than 130 volunteers serve as NRS’ lifeblood. Thank you for considering joining our team.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience, as there are limited seats available.
Learn about volunteering on our YouTube Channel