National Runaway Safeline Announces 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Deerfield resident to be recognized for commitment to serving youth and families throughout America

Apr 07, 2014, 08:00 ET from National Runaway Safeline

CHICAGO, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joyce Sapir of Deerfield, Ill., is being honored as the 2014 National Runaway Safeline (NRS) Volunteer of the Year for her commitment to helping runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families.  As emcee, Aly Bockler of WCIU is honoring Sapir with the award at the annual Volunteer and Community Recognition event beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at ZED451 at 739 N. Clark St., Chicago, Ill.

Since 2012, Sapir has volunteered more than 300 hours in the 1-800-RUNAWAY call center, assisting runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families through NRS' crisis hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY. In the past two years, she has reconnected 17 youth with their families through NRS' Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. and she has handled 1,050 calls, advocating and searching for available resources.  Sapir is the 2014 co-chair of Spirit of Youth. She and her husband Jonathan have not only been donors since 2012, they have also supported NRS' Major Gift Initiative.

"Volunteers like Joyce are the lifeblood of our organization that makes it all possible. We recognize, honor and celebrate her for selflessly giving her time and talents, as well as care and compassion to the National Runaway Safeline and the hundreds of youth and families she helped," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director.

More than 125 NRS volunteers handle crisis calls in the 24-hour call center and help plan activities such as the Spirit of Youth benefit and National Runaway Prevention Month, while approximately 450 Street Team members promote NRS in 45 states. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at NRS, visit

The National Runaway Safeline, formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth.  NRS makes more than 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY), online ( and offline resources.  NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country.  More than 14,000 youth have been reunited with their families through NRS' Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc.  For more information, visit

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SOURCE National Runaway Safeline