Volunteer Recognition Day: A Message to Supervisors from Your Volunteers

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.

To celebrate this Volunteer Recognition Day, we want to to share our appreciation and to express our gratitude to all those at IMAlive. Our Volunteers and Supervisors don’t just deserve recognition on this day; they deserve it every single day.

Here are some of the messages that our Volunteers want to send to our remarkable bunch of Supervisors:

Working with you has been nothing short of a joy, even in the hard times. You made me feel welcome, that my skills were wanted and improving over time, and not once did I felt any form of distress ever when things weren’t going the way I wish they should. You are better than just super, you are our own superheroes and I wouldn’t want to work with any other team. Thank you for everything, and for never failing us. You are so loved.

Every time I’m in the middle of a difficult chat and you pop up to tell me you liked a reflection or you think I’m handling the situation well, it reminds me that the strengths I have here are making a difference in people’s lives.

Every Supervisor I’ve met has been so incredibly kind, amazing, and supportive. Even outside of shift times I know I can reach out to them when I’m struggling with something. They put in so much hard word and dedication, and I’m so proud to be apart of a team with such incredible people. Thank you to all of the Supervisors, we love you.

They are a wonderful and dedicated group of people. Our supervisors are incredibly knowledgeable and caring. They are the best.

I really appreciate everything the Supervisors do for us because when I don’t feel good about a chat or even just need a word of encouragement, the Supervisors are always there and willing to talk for as long as I need. I wouldn’t be able to be a volunteer without them.

Thank you so much for all that you do for us. You’re there for us when we get stuck in a chat, but also for when we need to unload ourselves; whether it is because of the chat or because personal things doesn’t matter. You stay with us until we’re ready to leave and you never cease to be kind and loving- not just to us, but to our Person in Crisis as well. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Thank you for the hard work you do. When its been a rough shift, you are there for us. When I feel like I’ve run out of words, you help me find the right ones to respond to a Person in Crisis. We couldn’t do this without you. You are all amazing.

Thank you to all the IMAlive Supervisors for being such kind and supportive people. Having a supervisor present, while chatting with a Person in Crisis, makes such a huge difference. It gives me the courage to dig deeper on difficult chats and it gives me comfort to know that I can reach out if I really do need advice. Volunteering would be so much harder without you all.

Thank you for being there. For helping me improve my skills. For making me aware of my ‘bad’ habits and showing ways to change it. For lifting my mood whenever it needs lifting. For bringing sincerity and lightness. Fun and joy. And for having my back, always. So, thank you for making this the best job I ever had. We can’t do it without you.

Saying just a few words about so many wonderful people is hard. Every Supervisor has something special and unique that shines within them. Some are cheery and can make you feel like a superhero, while some are like older siblings that would help you through anything. The kindest people around and the ones that make it possible for this amazing organization to flourish, day after day.

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