BENEFITING: SAMARITANS OF NEW YORK INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 25, 2016
I have participated in Samaritans, New York City’s only 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, for the past 16 1/2 years. I have logged hundreds of hours per year or several thousand hours over the lifetime of my volunteer service.
You may wonder why I would do something like this. Well, because there are literally thousands of people in the NY/metropolitan area, and across the nation, who call us daily or weekly seeking someone to talk to about their depression, suicidal tendencies, mental illness, trauma, sexual abuse, bullying, and isolation, or just because they absolutely have no one to whom they can turn! We see a rise in calls among young people and several demographic groups - and we do all we can to help them through this service and outreach to education and social work venues.
There is no way to accurately calculate how many people find this service absolutely necessary to their daily lives. We do know that we have helped many through their darkest times and are always there for them.
But I am only one of a hundred or so volunteers who give of their time and energy day after day, week after week. We could not exist without contributions and I ask you to please give whatever you can - $10, 25 or whatever you feel is affordable. Honestly, it will go a long way to helping those who are in the dark and in need of some support.
These are troubling times for our country - and each of us. However, no matter how hard they seem to us, personally, there are literally thousands of people who need this service and find it invaluable.
I will be walking for this cause on 9/25 and I would consider it an honor to be walking on behalf of you. Recently my son became one of 1.257 cadets to join the police force in July. He is doing his part to help NY; I am doing mine. Will you please help?
Thank you for your consideration and your time. Of course your contribution is 100% tax deductible.