Volunteer for Mental Health

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Volunteers are needed for Contact Community Services. Kristine Knutson, program manager for volunteer relations, has offered to come to the Zen Center to tell us about what's involved in serving as a Hotline volunteer, which requires the active and reflective listening skills we cultivate with our zazen practice.

If you'd like to become a volunteer, you would need to go through a three-day basic training. The next volunteer training weekend is Sept. 9, 10, and 11; the one after that is Jan. 13, 14, and 15. The training meets Contact's requirements for certification with the American Association of Suicidology. Once trainees complete the requirements, they are asked to commit to three 4-hour telephone shifts per month, at a time that suits their schedules. By the way, Andy Hassinger, who leads Tibetan practice on Saturdays at Hoen-ji, was recently recognized as "Mr. 52" for working 52 shifts in 52 weeks as a Hotline volunteer at Contact.

Thu, Aug 18, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
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