VOLUNTEERS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE HOTLINE INDUSTRY, SHOULDN'T
VOLUNTEERS HAVE A GREATER SAY ABOUT HOTLINE BEST PRACTICES?

 HOTLINE AND CHAT LINE VOLUNTEERS POSSESS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE HOTLINE INDUSTRY, THEIR OPINIONS MATTER

Building an organization, with hotline volunteers from as many nonprofit and government agencies as possible, for:
1. Ensuring Protection & Respect of All Volunteers
2. Creating a Safe Community for Volunteers to Express Their Opinions
3. Using the Clout of a Potentially Huge Community of Volunteers to Recommend Best Practices, and;
4. To Address Concerns About Nonprofits Utilization of Resources.

North American Help Services Alliance, Inc. is offering to create a voluntary private listing of "hotline" and other volunteers that provide free services on behalf of nonprofits and governmental agencies

Given that about 25.1 percent of US adults volunteered in 2017, contributing an estimated 8.8 billion hours. And with nearly 60% of nonprofits filing tax returns with the IRS, they account for over three-quarters of revenue and expenses for the nonprofit sector. Public charities reported $1.98 trillion in revenues and $1.84 trillion in expenses. And assets held by public charities accounted for just under two-thirds of the sector's total ($3.67 trillion)

Shouldn't there be a separate entity, created by and on behalf of volunteers, to make certain that the voices of 80 billion volunteers be heard and considered by the nonprofit industry?

Hotlines.ngo Vision

I. WE PROPOSE THAT A VISIBLE GROUP OF AS MANY VOLUNTEERS AS POSSIBLE BE ESTABLISHED, OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER FOR ANY NONPROFIT OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY.

II. WE PROPOSE THAT THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA SHOULD BE FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST US, BY ADDING ALL MISSING HOTLINES TO THE #4HELP DIRECTORY.

III. WE PROPOSE THAT AN INDEPENDENTLY OPERATING BOARD OF DIRECTORS BE SELECTED TO SET UP AND RUN A NEW NONPROFIT CORPORATION WHOSE MISSION IS DEFINED AS PARAGRAPH

HOTLINE VOLUNTEERS POSSESS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE STATUS QUO

A. Hotlines need volunteers to cover hotlines and helplines.

B. We believe hotline volunteers deserve the right to question where they fit into a nonprofit corporation hierarchy.

C. A solid and respectful group of volunteers can ask reasonable questions about their role and involvement in the agency for whom they volunteer.

i. Does the organization treat volunteers properly?

ii. Should the hotline industry adopt a universal statement of best practice and rules about the treatment of volunteers?

 

iii. Should volunteers play a role in creating those rules?

 

iv. Should volunteers have a say in all policies established by the nonprofit corporations unrelated to their volunteer positions?


HOTLINE AND HELPLINE INDUSTRY VOLUNTEERS SHARE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS THAT WOULD BENEFIT SUCH A GROUP

In January 2020, this website first appeared on the Internet. We feel obligated to share with everyone that uses or will use a hotline or helpline, that the hotline industry is unwieldy, and that it lacks oversight and proper regulations.

Besides providing a hotline directory, we plan to use this website to connect with as many hotline volunteers and to offer them a place to communicate with each other. Our agenda includes encouraging volunteers to push hotlines to take part in mandatory registration, assist us with creating self-regulation policies, and work with us to create industry-wide best practices.

 

We will encourage large, entrenched hotlines to share their proprietary resources with smaller, new hotlines, so they can flourish and share the burden of the growing use of hotlines.

IF YOU VOLUNTEER FOR A HOTLINE, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR HOTLINE TO OUR DIRECTORY

 

The economics of not recreating the wheel, not stepping on one another's toes and working as a "Whole" instead of as separate parts would lead to an astounding savings of money which is now required to operate non-profit corporations, that run hotlines and helplines and recreate the wheel on a regular basis.