Media Release

Crisis Line Counselors Needed

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:00 PM
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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become Crisis Line Counselors.  Interested volunteers receive sixty hours of in-depth training. The next Crisis Center training class begins Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Crisis Center (218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville). There is no fee for the training.  Applicants do not need to possess any specific degrees or certification. 

After the initial all day session, training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for six weeks.  Volunteer candidates learn active listening, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, community disaster response and more. A 24 hour shift commitment is requested after the successful completion of training.

According to Alachua County Crisis Center Training Coordinator, Gerald Macdaid, “This is an opportunity to impact the lives of fellow community members and to gain life-enhancing communication skills.” He continued, “The Center’s volunteers are diverse members of our community.”  

Visit the Crisis Center website to learn more.

For more information, contact Gerald Macdaid at 352-264-6782.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).