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Support a Volunteer – The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

Since 1970, Distress Centre Calgary has been providing 24 hour crisis support in Calgary and Southern Alberta. We are here to provide compassionate, accessible crisis support that enhances the health, well-being, and resiliency of individuals in distress. We could not do it without our highly trained volunteers. Together they respond to an average of 325 contacts each day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring that the community is always supported.

This year you can help make a difference. By sponsoring a volunteer, you are not only supporting Distress Centre Calgary’s Volunteer program, you are also ensuring that there are always skilled volunteers on the other end of the line supporting the community.

How you can help


provides one crisis volunteer with a debriefing session after a difficult suicide call


covers the cost of setting up one crisis volunteer remotely


covers the cost to put one crisis volunteer through Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


provides mentorship to one crisis youth volunteer for leadership development


supports monthly self-care and wellness strategies for one crisis volunteer


provides a safe ride home for one crisis volunteer after a night crisis shift


sets up one crisis volunteer booth in the contact centre for one year


provides for the recruitment, training and support of one crisis volunteer for one year

Listen to our amazing volunteers

Hear why they continue to selflessly devote their time and skills to DC and how it has made an impact on their personal lives as well.

Fast facts

We currently have 212 Crisis line and 53 ConnecTeen volunteers. You can help us grow and put more people on the lines by supporting this campaign.

Distress Centre was started by a group of volunteers in 1970. This means volunteers have been answering the call for help for over 50 years!

Our volunteers commit to 192 hours in their first year and 96 in the succeeding years. That is the precious time our selfless volunteers give!

100% of our surveyed volunteers say they use their volunteering skills outside of DC with their family, at school, work and in the community.

Volunteer Testimonials

Brad “The training and experience I have received as a crisis line volunteer at Distress Centre has had an enormous impact on my life. I am a better friend, husband and father. I am more compassionate and empathetic towards my fellow human beings. People have praised me and said they are humbled to know that I volunteer on the crisis lines, especially during the pandemic. I simply respond that I get back ten times what I give volunteering, and am more grateful for the people and things I have in my life for having done so.“
Lily “Being a post secondary volunteer at Distress Centre has provided me a natural sense of accomplishment. It has made me a more empathetic and better person by helping me understand the types of distress people go through in their daily lives and to not be judgmental. By helping others, it has made a profound effect on my overall psychological well-being.“
Jason “The training we receive at Distress Centre to serve those in need is outstanding. The intense exposure combined with unwavering support allows growth for those who wish to make a true impact in their community. Volunteering here has been an incredibly enriching and valuable experience in terms of skill acquisition and personal development.“
Adrian “Volunteering with Distress Centre has allowed me to develop the knowledge, skills, and empathy necessary to support callers managing a range of crises. The training I received was invaluable for me to support not only callers but also friends and family. Distress Centre is the first place I recommend someone call if they or someone they care about is struggling with their mental health. I can say with confidence anyone calling Distress Centre will be met with genuine compassion, empathy, and a network of people committed to helping you.“

Support a volunteer

Thank you for supporting our wonderful volunteers!

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