Samaritan volunteers show their love...
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A note from Roberta
Marathon commitment
Samaritan honors
We made some NOISE
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Thursday, February 14th
Be Our Valentine at North Station.
Wednesday, March 27th
Samaritans to receive Community Service Award
Tues/Wed, April 2nd-3rd
Samaritans facilitates the Face of Suicide Panel
Monday, April 15th
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Roberta HurtigI can't think of a better early Valentine than the one we received at Samaritans throughout the blizzard this weekend. With the dedicated support of our volunteers and program staff, our phone lines stayed live in spite of the blizzard emergency. Our intrepid program staff ensured a safe helpline office environment by supplying blankets, flashlights and food; and also deployed technology to ensure the phones would be answered even if volunteers could not get into the helpline offices. We were thrilled that our callers did not experience an interruption in service during a time of crisis.


Valentine's Day is this week, and it is making me think about how we show love to those we care about. At Samaritans we know that it is a truly loving act each time a volunteer picks up the phone and helps those who feel unloved know that there is someone who cares; when they help those who feel unheard or invisible know that a compassionate ear is only a phone call away, and when they help those who have lost hope realize that there can be light at the end of any dark tunnel. When I want an example of loving members of our community, I look no further than our Samaritan volunteers.


Our Happier Boston volunteers will be spreading even more love with a special "Be Our Valentine" event on Thursday at North Station (by the Orange Line). I hope you will join us between 4:30 and 5:30 to receive a special valentine from Samaritans. In the meantime, as you think about making gifts of love in the next few days, please consider making a gift to honor our volunteers. You can do so by accessing our secure online donation site here, by sending a gift through the mail to our offices at the address listed below, or now, for the first time, you can make a gift using your mobile device. Text ALIVE to 50555 to make a $10 donation in support of Samaritans (Message and data rates apply. For terms and conditions, visit


In the spirit of love, 

Roberta's signature  
Roberta Hurtig
Executive Director
Blizzard? What blizzard?
Marathon commitment!

What did you do during the blizzard? Samaritans Marathon Team member, Peter Gould, chose to inspire and playfully challenge his teammates by circulating this picture of his committment to his marathon training regimine! You can learn more about Peter and his reasons for running by visiting his Marathon fundraising pagePlease visit our 2013 Marathon Team fundraising webpage to meet all of our runners, learn about their incredible stories and view their individual fundraising webpages.

We have a whole team of amazing marathon runners, and we're featuring a new one every Monday on our "Marathon Monday Countdown" Facebook posts. Follow us on facebook to learn more about our fabulous team.


It's not too late to join in. If you have qualified for the Boston Marathon, have your own number, and would like to have one of the most amazing experiences of your life by joining our incredible team, please contact Garrett Owen


Samaritans honors  

Ron WhiteCongratulations to Samaritans Chief Program Officer, Ron White, who has been selected to participate as a member of the Standards, Training and Practices Sub-Committee (STPS) of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'! This important committee helps to shape the requirements for all of the participating centers within the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network as we continue to upgrade and integrate best practices into all that we do to support callers to our crisis lines. We are so pleased that Ron will be representing Samaritans and having a vital voice in the future of the work done by crisis centers.

We made some NOISE


Joe Bermudez & Blair Ballard
Make Noise to Save a Life 2013 at the House of Blues Boston on January 20, was a terrific event and a great opportunity to rally together, support one another, and "Make Noise" about suicide prevention. The event, organized by founders Blair Ballard and Ashley Marchal with the support of an incredible Make Noise committee, raised much needed funds for youth suicide prevention. AMP 103.3 radio host, Joe Bermudez, filled the venue with his blended beats and welcomed special guests, Young London, for a noisy, successful night that warmed our hearts. The event got a great write up with lots of terrific pictures in Boston Magazine.