One of the most important services New Hope for Women provides to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking is the toll-free 24/7 Hotline.

Last year, New Hope for Women hotline volunteers provided more than 4,006 hours of support to residents of Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.

New Hope for Women is currently looking to expand its network of hotline volunteers. Extensive training is provided and security is assured.

“The training I received gave me the tools I needed to listen, help a client work through immediate concerns, and come up with a plan for next steps,” said one hotline volunteer. Volunteers work from the privacy of their home, and the caller doesn’t know who they are or where they are located. Support staff is always available.

“Going through major crises in my life, I was fortunate to have constant emotional support to help me find the strength to move forward and have hope that life will be better,” said another volunteer. “Being a volunteer at New Hope is my opportunity to help others find that strength and hope in the darkest times of their lives.”

Hotline training classes will begin in September. For more information, contact Stevie Colburn, training coordinator, at scolburn@newhopeforwomen.org, call 594-2128, or go to www.newhopeforwomen.org.