"I've been working in the healthcare industry a long time now... I have found that the training I received at HQ was the most valuable and helpful training that I could have ever received." - Former HQCC Volunteer
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Volunteer Counselor Spring Training - 2019
Interested in volunteering to answer calls on our crisis line or crisis chat? Come to the next info meeting and learn more about what we do! After the information meeting, you'll have the opportunity to fill out an application form. After applications have been reviewed, we interview training candidates to help us select those who are the best fit for our work.
If you are interested in learning more about our next training opportunity this coming winter/spring, join us at the next info meeting or contact Kristin Vernon, director of Counseling. You can also support our training by sponsoring a volunteer! Click here to learn more about sponsorship.
If you'd like to be reminded about when trainings are going to occur, click here to fill out the Volunteer Counselor OR click the image below and we'll send you a reminder before the next info session!
Summer 2019 information meetings @ HQCC conference room - 211 E 8th St. Meeting times will be in the evenings, 6/7:00.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6pm
- Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2pm
- Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6pm
- Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6pm
Summer training sessions will take place on Monday evenings.
- The first day of training: Monday, June 10
- ASIST training weekend: TBA (July)
- Last day of training: Monday, August 11
- Graduation PARTAY: Friday, August 16
Important Dates for Trainees in Spring 2019: Training will take place every Sunday Afternoon from 12:30pm-5pm(ish)
- The first day of training: Sunday, February 17
- ASIST training weekend: March 23 and 24
- Off from training: March 17 and April 21
- Last day of training: Sunday, April 28
- Graduation PARTAY: Friday, May 3rd
What it Means to be a Volunteer
If you feel the calling to help others, are a compassionate listener, or want to be part of a group that answers our 25,000 calls for help each year, then please consider becoming a volunteer counselor.
You can truly be a lifesaver.
Informational meetings are held in January, May, and August; 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.
Host a Fundraiser
Headquarters, Inc relies almost entirely on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations for the life-saving services we offer. Whether it's raising awareness or just wanting to help fund the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving Lawrence, Douglas County, and all of Kansas. By fundraising, you can help Headquarters increase capacity so more calls can be answered, raise suicide prevention awareness, let others know that they are not alone, and have a real impact in your community. Visit our donor page to get ideas or email our development director to get set up with your own fundraising page.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Our Board of Directors and advisors is a diverse community who strengthen the center and our critical activities. Advisors are community volunteers who help with and serve on specific committees. Advisors are welcome at our regular monthly board meetings which take place on the 4th Monday of each month in the Headquarters, Inc. Conference Room
To learn more about volunteering to be a part of this group who works hand-in-hand with our staff, please contact board president, David Frizzell.
I don’t live in the Lawrence area - can I still help with suicide prevention?
Everyone can help with suicide prevention. Coalitions exist throughout the state and you can find one near you or start one for your community through the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The Kansas Suicide Prevention Plan outlines how communities can work together to prevent suicide.
You can volunteer remotely as a Crisis Text Line counselor for HQCC by completing the form found on CTL Online.
You can serve as an advocate or by organizing a support group or awareness event. You can join the Grassroot Advocacy Network for advocacy in Kansas or the AFSP.
You can also help raise awareness through fundraising. The services offered by Headquarters are only possible with your help. We rely almost entirely on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. By fundraising for Headquarters, you'll not only raise awareness, but you'll help fund the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving all of Kansas. We answer about 20,000 calls per year. Supporting those who feel as though they have nowhere else to turn is only possible with your help. Visit our donations page for ideas or email our development director to learn how easy it is to get started.
What are the requirements for volunteers at the center?
Due to the nature of our work, we ask that all volunteer be at least 18 years old and have one year of living independently from a parent or guardian. It’s important for this to be a relatively stable time in your life, so you can focus completely on counseling those who turn to us for help.
Our training is very thorough, so no previous experience or training is required.
Headquarters Counseling Center is proudly accredited by CONTACT USA