Here at IMAlive we are so fortunate to have a team of phenomenal Volunteers and Supervisors who work together endlessly to help those in crisis and at risk of suicide.
We want to take this Volunteer Appreciation Week to share our appreciation and to express our gratitude to all those at IMAlive. Here are some of the messages that our Supervisors want to send to our wonderful bunch of Volunteers:
“All the good we are able to do at IMAlive is because of our selfless Volunteers, who are relentless in their empathy. For me, I greatly appreciate how our Volunteers have helped me grow not only as a crisis responder and supervisor, and as a person. I have learned so much from them, too; the relationships we have forged on shift is that of mutual growth and respect – for, above all, we are a team who hold each other up. Our Volunteers are truly remarkable, that’s the best way to say it. Every day they astound me with their passion for helping and empowering those in need, and never give up in doing so. They are remarkable.”
“To our dearest Volunteers, I am one of the newest Supervisors here but, you know what I discovered early on, though? I discovered how wonderfully supportive and encouraging you all are. I learned that you were happy to usher me on unsteady legs as I grew as a Supervisor. I heard your feedback, I got to know you, I learned from you.
I hope you know that you all make such a difference, not just in the lives of the chatters but in the lives of your Supervisors and fellow Volunteers. We so enjoy getting to know you, getting to learn from you, getting to grow with you. So many of us get excited to see who’s on shift with us, knowing that it’ll be a chance to hang out with some of the coolest people around.
I only know a few of you (the list is growing, I promise), but you are pretty awesome. As time moves along, I cannot wait to get to know the rest of you. I cannot wait to learn from you. I cannot wait to grow with you.”
“The IMAlive Volunteers are a bunch of incredibly amazing people. They are compassionate, strong and courageous. Many have experience with mental health, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts, either themselves or a loved one. This doesn’t stop them from doing their job, au contraire; it makes them the most passionate, understanding and caring people of all. I’m proud of our volunteers! They do an amazing job. Thank you. “