Atheist Hotline Reaches $30,000 Fundraising Goal and Is Now Ready to Accept Volunteers

A few weeks ago, I wrote about The Hotline Project, a proposed 24/7 hotline for people who were struggling with religious doubt:

The Hotline will provide trained volunteers to answer a toll-free hotline and provide real time, caller-specific support to each person who contacts us, 24/7! We will offer national, regional, and local resources — a secular support network they can utilize. By providing this Hotline service, Recovering from Religion will be able to help people in their most urgent time of need.

In order to get the project off the ground, the group putting it together, Recovering From Religion, needed to raise about $30,000 before the end of this month.

Well, with all the recent media attention given to the project (some, courtesy of Christian ignorance), there’s good news to report: With more than a week to spare, The Hotline Project has raised the money!

And they’re ready to hear from volunteers.

“We are very grateful to the outpouring of support we’ve received for the Hotline Project,” says Sarah Morehead, Executive Director of Recovering from Religion. “Our next challenge is to recruit and train enough volunteers to make 24-hour, 7-days per week support possible.”

The hotline’s volunteer counselors will be trained to not engage in religious debate, Morehead said. Instead, they will try to give callers practical, action-oriented solutions and link them with resources available in their local communities. Anyone interested in volunteering with or supporting the Hotline Project should visit the volunteer section of www.recoveringfromreligion.org to submit an application.

So many of you have been telling me how much you want to be a part of this project. Now, they’re ready for you. Go fill out an application and be a part of this project from Day One.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • TCC

    Will be applying as soon as I hear back from one of my references. :D Thanks for the updates, Hemant; I’m excited that this is happening.

  • URDUM

    yikes: expect the number to be trolled: “hello, do you have any information on the religion of Battle Toads?”

    • TCC

      At which point I’m certain any volunteer would be instructed to say something like, “I’m sorry, but this hotline does not provide information on various religions. Are you having doubts or struggling with being a nonbeliever?”

  • hopeless

    Bloody embarrassing. no help for doubters 24/7 now. plenty of “Christians” ready to talk.


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