"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

Volunteer Counselor Spring Training - 2018

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. 

Spring information meetings @ HQCC conference room - 211 E 8th St. Meeting times will be in the evenings, 6/6:30. 

  • Wednesday, January 17th at 6pm
  • Monday, January 22nd at 6pm
  • Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 pm 
Important Dates:

  • All applications in by Monday, February 5th at 7pm
  • Selection Meeting (applicants will be notified): February 7th at 6:30 pm 
  • First day of training: Sunday, February 11th at 12:30 pm  
  • ASIST training: March 3rd and 4th 8:30am - 4:30 pm
  • Off from training: Sunday, March 18th (KU Spring Break)
  • Off from training: Sunday, April 1st (Easter)

If you are interested in learning more about our next training opportunity, contact Kristin Vernon.

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.

If info meeting dates are not currently listed on this page, please check back or leave your name and contact information with Headquarters and we will notify you of the next training event. 

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. 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.

Board of Directors and Advisors

Our Board of Directors and advisors is a diverse community who strengthen the center and our critical activities. Advisors help with specific committees and are welcome at our regular monthly board meetings. To learn more about becoming part of this group who works hand-in-hand with our staff, please contact board president, Scott Criqui.

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 also volunteer remotely as a Crisis Text Line counselor for HQCC by completing the form found on CTL Online. You can also 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.

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.