Volunteer of the Month: September 2016
Meet Laura! She’s one of our rock-star volunteers that go above and beyond to make sure that youth in crisis, all across California, have someone to talk to. Below is the “virtual interview” conducted with Larua by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.
How long have you been volunteering?
I started volunteering in October of 2013, so I’m coming up my 3-year benchmark.
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
Google! I was looking for volunteer opportunities, and it was one of the sites that came up during my online search.
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
A combination of wanting to meet new people and a desire to put my knowledge of social and psychological issues to use. I was new to the State when I was looking for volunteer opportunities and was trying to find a way to connect with my new California community
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
It’s a rollercoaster ride. Sometimes we get calls that end well and some calls that don’t, and everyone has a story to tell so there’s never a dull moment. The people who answer calls are just as interesting as the people who call us, and there’s always something new to learn.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
Finding a balance between what’s possible as a volunteer and what I simply can’t do. Some callers have problems that can be solved, but not always, and it can be hard sometimes to find that line.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
I’m an artist of many disciplines who enjoys walking along the river with my dog.
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I draw duck versions of famous characters and personalities with my friend Alice for our Instagram @behindeveryduck (Mark Duckalo)