CONTACT Helpline | Serving 865

by / Friday, 24 June 2011 / Published in Catch-All, Nonprofits

I’m very honored to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization that few folks know by name. The group, CONTACT Helpline.

CONTACT Helpline is a free, confidential, nonjudgmental telephone helpline serving Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, and Union counties in East Tennessee.

  • Their volunteers answer approximately 10,000 calls annually from people needing someone to talk to, a referral to community resources, or crisis intervention.
  • People of all ages call CONTACT about loneliness, depression, loss of a loved one, mental illness, financial need and economic pressures, domestic violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, marriage problems, worries about their children, addiction, school and work related issues, and suicidal feelings.
  • In addition to the helpline, CONTACT offers a special program, Reassurance CONTACT, for seniors, disabled persons, and other homebound individuals who live alone.  Clients who apply for the service receive a daily call to check on their safety and well-being.

CONTACT has grown dramatically as an organization over the past year, and we’re only $15,000 short of our annual budget for 2011, which is a relatively small amount in comparison to some organizations.

I encourage you to support this wonderful organization. Please take a moment to read our mid-year appeal letter, for updates on CONTACT, or donate online by clicking the ‘donate’ button on the right side of our the CONTACT Helpline web site.