CONTACT of Burlington County has been assisting the residents of our community since 1972. Our volunteers represent a wide range of diversity and backgrounds. What they share in common is the willingness to help others. Our volunteers are people who genuinely care about their fellow human beings… people like YOU!
YOU GIVE… Caring, compassionate support to people who have an immediate need.
YOU GET… Incredible fulfillment and enhanced communication skills you will use throughout your life.
CONTACT of Burlington County offers volunteer opportunities in several areas. No experience is necessary—in depth training is provided.
• You can be a Helpline Specialist responding to people in need on our 24/7 Crisis Helplines. Our trained volunteers assist callers in sorting through complex or confusing situations. They remain anonymous while on duty and are trained to offer services ranging from emotional support, to providing referrals, to emergency crisis intervention. A volunteer must be 18 and a high school graduate at time of application. Training covers special techniques for responding to people in crisis and sessions include listening skills, suicide prevention, referral assistance and crisis software.
• You can choose to be a Confidential Advocate assisting sexual assault victims in our Sexual Assault Services Program. A volunteer must be 18 and a high school graduate at time of application. Advocates receive training specific to sexual assault issues. An advocate learns how to provide supportive phone counseling and may accompany sexual assault victims at hospitals, police stations or court. Bilingual volunteers are desperately needed!
• If you are a teenager looking for community service, our TeenLine may be just the thing. TeenLine volunteers must be high school students, 14 years of age or older. Teens receive training on topics covering issues relevant to today’s youth. An adult Crisis Helpline Specialist is always available to provide support, guidance and assistance. When on duty, TeenLine volunteers also provide response to KidsLine, CONTACT’S warm line for elementary school children.
• If you would like to volunteer right from home, then serving in our Reassurance program would work for you. A volunteer must be 18 and a high school graduate at time of application. Reassurance volunteers remain anonymous and make five to ten minute calls from their homes to check on the well-being of a homebound, usually elderly, person. “Care-calls” are made anywhere from 3-7 days a week. Call assignments on made based on volunteer’s availability.
Volunteers also are needed for important short-term projects, such as staffing tables at community fairs or assisting on a fundraising event committee. Or, you may have a special skill that could benefit CONTACT. Please call us (856-234-5484 x101)—we need you!