Volunteer with the Senior Loneliness Line and Save Lives!
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Lines for Life
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
5100 SW Macadam Avenue
Lines for Life is a regional nonprofit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. We offer help and hope to individuals and communities, and promote mental wellness for all. Our work addresses a spectrum of needs that include prevention, advocacy, and intervention. We educate, train, and advocate to prevent issues of substance abuse, mental illness, and thoughts of suicide from reaching crisis levels. But when a crisis arises or support is needed, we are available 24/7/365 to intervene with personalized help.
The Senior Loneliness Line is a partnership between Lines for Life and Clackamas County. Our team of peer volunteers and staff are specially trained in working with older adults. Any aging adult who is experiencing loneliness, isolation, depression or anxiety can benefit from a confidential phone call with our Senior Loneliness specialists. Sometimes knowing there is someone who cares and wants to listen can be of great help.
Senior peer volunteers (ages 55+) answer calls on our Lifeline and Senior Loneliness Line, providing essential care to vulnerable members of our community. They create a safety net by offering an informed, compassionate response to our callers. Both staff and volunteers are specifically trained in working with older adults, and they can provide ongoing support, connect callers with resources or just listen.
Senior peer volunteers receive 46 hours of training in the areas of senior loneliness, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, addiction, mental health issues, multicultural sensitivity, veterans' issues and community resources. As part of this training, volunteers will participate in an internationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention workshop called ASIST ("Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training”)
- Training Provided