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Lakes Area Crisis Line & Referral Service Needs Volunteers

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It’s been a very crazy time for many in the lakes are over the last 10+ months and a lot of people have been reaching out for help… which is a good thing.  One service that is pretty well-known in the Brainerd Lakes area (and beyond), it the Crisis Line & Referral Service.  People use them as a resource for help when things become overwhelming and a crisis is underway or could be soon.  More on that below.

Right now, the Crisis Line & Referral Service needs us… as in volunteers.

The Crisis Line & Referral Service is looking for compassionate volunteers to help answer calls from those in the area who may be experiencing a crisis and need someone to listen.  Their volunteers are truly a lifeline for those who call the Crisis Line, with compassion, concern and with the highest level of integrity and confidentiality, the volunteers listen, affirm, encourage and offer hope by connecting with callers to resources that can truly help them.  Hours for volunteers are flexible, you can do it from home or wherever!  Training will be provided.  You must be 18 or older.  To learn more, visit

If you need the services of the Crisis Line, please know that the are (according to their website ) the “someone” you can turn to when “nobody” understands or when “everyone” is too busy to listen.   They remind you that they provide a FREE, confidential, nonjudgmental, 24-hour crisis line for anyone living in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties.   The dedicated caring volunteers are available to help you share your hurts and fears before they become a crisis, as well as to help those in crisis get help.

They also want you to know that if you are feeling a little blue, a little lonely, a little frustrated or just need a friend to talk to, Crisis Line volunteers are ready to listen. Call them at 218-828-HELP (4357) or 800-462-5525.

Please, do not be afraid to reach out.  They are here for you.