The Counseling Place operates at its best due to our volunteers. Often behind the scenes, our volunteers are busy at work, helping our agency stay strong. You might notice that while we serve nearly 3,000 people each year, we do not have an full-time Office Manager. Our volunteers fill that role and help us direct more dollars to providing direct services.
Bob Wallace (pictured below), recently retired as the Community Service Supervisor for you Youth Programs. However, Bob was honored in the Richardson’s Real Heroes event for his long commitment (nearly two decades) of service with our agency! You can learn more about Bob, the other finalists, and the Real Heroes program by visiting http://www.richardsonrealheroes.com/.
Several of our volunteers have won HASR’s Volunteer of the Year award. In 2011, we were thrilled to be there when Linda Korn received the honor! In 2012 we celebrated with Dean McGee when he received HASR’s Volunteer of the Year award for Community Leadership.
We are so grateful for the people who who donate several to dozens of hours each month to help our agency run smoothly!
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Marilyn Walsh at email@example.com. Currently, we need assistance in two areas of our business:
Volunteer Receptionist. During business hours, we need help with answering the phone and greeting clients. We usually request a 4-hour shift from volunteers. These volunteers must have patience and experience and skills in dealing with emotionally charged situations.
On-Call Crisis Response Team: This is not for the faint of heart. Members of this team must have previous training in crisis intervention and/or Critical Incident Stress Management. Those who join our Crisis Response Team become a part of our rotation of trained advocates who remain on-call with the Richardson Police Department. This requires some availability at nights and weekends, usually on a quarterly basis.
If you’re interested in volunteering with The Counseling Place, please email Marilyn Walsh, our Volunteer Coordinator. All volunteers must pass a background check. We have a rather extensive interview process and required training for anyone interested in serving on our Crisis Response Team.