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CRISIS LINE SEEKS VOLUNTEER LISTENERS, PLANS TRAINING SESSIONS STARTING OCT. 17

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Training sessions will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 19, for anyone interested in working as a volunteer listener on the Crisis Line of Utah County.

Volunteers will learn listening skills, how to judge the nature of calls and information on community agencies to which callers can be referred. Volunteers must be able to attend all three training dates, from 7 to 9 p.m.After completing the training, volunteers work one three-hour shift a week on the Crisis Line. Shifts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Volunteers deal with callers who are lonely, suicidal or who need a referral to a community agency that can help. This past year, Crisis Line received more than 5,700 calls.

"We are interested in good solid citizens who care about helping others in trouble," director Jennifer Bramwell said. "Volunteers do not need to have any prior experience working on a hot line. But they must be non-judgmental and willing to commit to six months of volunteer work with the Crisis Line."

The Crisis Line is staffed completely with volunteers.

For information on becoming a Crisis Line volunteer, call the United Way Volunteer Center, 374-8108.

Other community volunteer opportunities include:

-Recreation for All Handicapped needs volunteers to help one evening a week with various recreational and social activities like swimming, bowling and craft classes.

-Family Support and Treatment Center is in need of mature volunteers to work in the children's shelter. Volunteers work one three-hour shift each week taking care of potentially abused children and infants.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.