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Our Mission

Our volunteers are trained to deal with crises that include depression, suicide, loneliness, sexual assault, grief, and many others. We also provide referrals for services throughout the Lansing area.

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Our Story

The Listening Ear is the nation's oldest all-volunteer crisis center.

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Please help us keep our services free and available to the public by making a donation.

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Do you have a heart for helping people who are in crisis, lonely, hurting or in distress? Our crisis hotline and walk-in center include opportunities for providing emotional and lifestyle support services through empathetic listening and referrals.

One of the most important ways you can support the Listening Ear is by joining our team as a volunteer. If you can volunteer some of your time, from as little as 4 hours a week, you can help make a difference.

All potential new volunteers are required to attend one of the informational orientation sessions listed below. You must submit your volunteer application and bring a printed copy with you to your orientation session:


Wednesday February 27th 7:00-9:00pm at MSU Berkey Hall

Wednesday March 6th 7:00-9:00pm at The Ear

Thursday March 21st 7:00-9:00pm at MSU Berkey Hall

Saturday March 23rd 11:00am-1:00pm at The Ear

Those that attend an orientation sessions, and are then invited to continue along the volunteer path, are invited to attend an extensive two week training program over the course of evenings and weekends to learn more about the history, mission, and operating procedures/policies of the organization, develop and practice empathetic listening skills, and explore personal/profession growth opportunities.

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