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.
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
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.
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.