Meet Alison! She’s one of our FAN-TASTIC volunteers that works extremely hard to ensure youth in crisis, all across California, have someone to talk to. Alison is also our March, Volunteer of the Month! Below is her “virtual interview” conducted by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.
How long have you been volunteering?
Nearly a year and a half
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I was looking through Craigslist for volunteer opportunities and I stumbled across the California Youth Crisis Line!
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I am English and in the USA on a visitor visa so not being able to work I was looking for some volunteering and I’ve always liked listening to people and I have 2 children 21 and 22 so I felt I could still relate to youth.
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor
Sometimes fun, sometimes scary, sometimes frustrating, sometimes satisfying.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
Most challenging is not knowing if I can be of any use to the person calling.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
Apart from looking after the home which I love – cooking and cleaning. I am active in a couple of other voluntary positions one withe Senior Day Care the other as Philanthrophy Director of El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club and I babysit a 4 year old every week. And of course I love to lunch with friends and shop.
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I am 58 years old.