Outer Banks Hotline volunteer of the month: Sally Meager

Sally Meager. [submitted photo]

As the Outer Banks Hotline transitions to new management, its board of directors, managers and employees would like to begin a new tradition of recognizing the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers.

Our volunteers are such a valuable part of our organization and we want them to know how much we appreciate their time and talents.

The inaugural Hotline Volunteer of the Month for September 2021 is Sally Meager of the Hotline Too thrift shop in Nags Head. Sally was nominated by her manager.

“Sally is originally from New Jersey. Almost 23 years ago, she and her husband bought a piece of land hoping to retire one day and make the Outer Banks their forever home. Sally became a volunteer with Hotline just by walking into Hotline Too one day looking for something to do to keep her busy. Her wish is our command! Sally runs the register one a day a week and processes donations, prices and puts out our lines daily. Sometimes there are so many linens in her room we can’t see her. Sally loves to play bridge weekly and she is also the lead of a quilting group called the Blanketeers. The Blanketeers is comprised of 60 people who make 400 quilts a year for children and adults who are ill or have suffered a tragedy.”

Sally personifies the kindness and generosity of the volunteer spirit.

Outer Banks Hotline‘s mission is to promote a safe and compassionate community. We are a private, non-profit human services organization that provides crisis intervention, safe house, information and referrals, advocacy, and prevention education services to residents of and visitors to the Outer Banks.

Working together, Hotline’s well-trained volunteers and dedicated staff provide the community with years of crisis intervention experience in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault response, prevention education, support groups, and community outreach.

Programs and services are added and refined over time as needs are identified, and include:

  • A variety of support groups to empower and educate survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, groups to address the issues of men who abuse their partners, and programs for children who are affected by violence and abuse in their families.
  • Training and education for allied professionals, such as law enforcement, social workers, health care workers, childcare providers, teachers, and other interested groups. These trainings raise community awareness of the many aspects of personal and domestic crises.
  • Outreach in the community and the schools through community leadership in providing resources for anti-bullying prevention, parent education, services for at-risk youth, emergency assistance for individuals in crisis, and deliberate participation in community events and task forces addressing issues of compassion and safety.
  • A 24-hour crisis line (252-473-3366) connects a distressed caller to a volunteer trained to listen and make referrals. Topics include suicide, family problems, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
  • A comprehensive domestic violence program that includes a safe house, advocacy, support, and referral for victims and their children.
  • A sexual assault response program that provides the assault victim with a trained advocate at the hospital, during interactions with law enforcement, and in court proceedings. Referrals for counseling options are also offered to the victim and family members.

24/7 Crisis Hotline 252.473.3366