Kids Help Phone - reaching out since 1989

by S.Abate on March 2, 2014 - 3:09pm

Since 1989, Kids Help Phone’s mission is to simply be there for kids when they need someone to talk to about something they are too embarrassed or afraid to tell anyone they know. They provide an anonymous phone line that kids can call and talk to someone and receive professional counselling that is completely confidential and non-judgmental. The line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year where the counsellor’s do not exactly solve problems for the child, but rather open a discussion with them to offer advice and guide them to making better choices in whatever situation they’re in. They are the only organization that has access to 37,000 local resources. Which means that when kids call, no matter where they’re calling from, they can be transferred to a facility within their local area, whether it be a sexual health clinic, a place to stay for the night, or just simply a night home. This year, there will be a “Walk So Kids Can Talk” event on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. It is a 5K walk where kids, adults, schools and community organizations join together in raising money to fund the Kids Help Phone organization.  In terms of becoming a volunteer, you can choose between being an Adult Volunteer or a Youth Volunteer. An adult volunteer can either consist of being part of the Board of Directors (volunteer position), an Event Day Volunteer (running and organizing local events), or Chapter and Committee Volunteers (organizing events and activities in your community). In order to be qualified for a position, fill out a volunteer form that the website provides. A Youth Volunteer simply raises awareness by putting up posters, cards, brochures where you can order them for free on their website. A Youth volunteer can even hold their own fundraiser, be it a car wash, bake sale, garage sale, etc. All you have to do is e-mail the organization about your plans. If you’d like to find out more, click here: http://kidshelpphone.ca/teens/home/splash.aspx

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