Being a volunteer with the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region is a very rewarding experience, that over 3200 people in over 45 years have been a part of. Give a read to what some of our own volunteers have to say about being a part of such a vital service in our communities! These testimonials have been submitted under no obligation by our team, and are a true testiment to what the Distress Centre is all about.
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Volunteers find the time to make their experience at the Distress Centre a remarkable one. Each volunteer has gone through training, and have helped answer over 1-million calls to date.
"Common advice given to those considering volunteering is "find your passion". After almost 3 years as a volunteer with the Distress Centre, I can confirm that I really did find my passion. I feel like I'm making a real difference in supporting people who are dealing with challenges in our community. The bonus is the support provided by the Distress Centre staff and the ongoing education opportunities that volunteers are made aware of. Not only am I helping others, but my volunteer role has helped me grow and learn things about myself."
"When you are volunteering for the Distress Centre, it is not just rewarding because you are taking your time to provide active listening to someone in crisis, but you also receive from the caller on the other end, an opportunity to expand your wisdown and grow as a person. Their personal stories provide you with insight on how you can appreciate all the things that are going right in your life. This opportunity will help you build on your capacity to show compassion & humility for people in the community who are trying hard to overcome or hang on during very difficult circumstances in their lives."
"Being a Distress Centre volunteer makes me aware, and exceptionally grateful for the comfortable life that I am priviledged to have. There are the regular callers, some who have isolated lives, for whom we might be their only contact. These people are desperate to have someone to chat to or a shoulder to cry on, and we are there for them day and night. They shower us with their thanks. There are those who feel at the end of their rope, to whom we say, "Let's talk things through, because there is 'always' a solution." They may be crying at the start, but a soft, kind voice usually bring down their stress level. It's easier than you think, to talk them down from the edge, and to help them make a rationalized decision. These are the times when we leave with a very warm & fuzzy feeling. I am helping to lighten the load for people who feel very alone with their problems, and for that, my own life is so much richer."