The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the nation’s only around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth, announced the launch of a major fundraising campaign to fund two call centers that will take crisis calls made to The Trevor Helpline. The goal of the campaign, which is the largest in the organization’s history, is to raise $1,000,000 in multi-year gifts.
In support of this initiative Academy Award®-winning actress Jodie Foster, has kicked off the call center campaign with a major gift, the largest in the organization’s history.
The Helpline, which receives thousands of calls each year, assists gay and questioning youth who are in crisis and is also a resource for those seeking information on how to help these individuals, including family members, educators and friends. Calls made to the Helpline are free, confidential and handled by highly skilled counselors who are required to undergo extensive and rigorous training.
Currently, the Helpline is based in Los Angeles with a second based in San Francisco. The goal of the new fundraising campaign is to raise monies sufficient to fully fund and operate the Los Angeles call center and to open and operate a new call center in New York. The funding would enable the two call centers to be open twenty-four hours a day with a full staff of Helpline counselors. A related campaign goal is to provide funding for counselor training workshops that will graduate twenty- five new counselors each quarter.
Donations are being accepted on The Trevor Project website. Trevor is a 501 (c)(3) organization.