Volunteering at The Center for Grieving Children is an opportunity to give your time and skills to make an important difference in the life of a child, teen, family, and the community.
Our volunteers are our most valuable resource - generous people from the community, supporting families at a difficult and lonely time.
Click on the links to the left to learn a variety of ways to support the Center for Grieving Children - all special in helping the Center provide the resources to reach grieving families. The Center receives no government grants and relies totally on community support.
Volunteers needed for
Sanford Peer Support Groups
starting in September.
Volunteers having a laugh on Volunteer Appreciation night at the Center.
The Center for Grieving Children, President’s Award is given to an individual or a group in recognition of a having had a tremendous impact on our work and mission. The award recognizes outstanding service to the Center for Grieving Children by those providing support for children, teens and families seeking hope in the face of illness, death and loss.
These two unique individuals bring many gifts to the Center and the families we serve. They were nominated together and we too saw equal merit for this award. Both long time volunteers, they “trust the process” and model the principles of the Center in all that they do. The respect and care both bring week-in and week-out has been a source of strength and inspiration for other facilitators on their nights of service. The wisdom and safety provided by these two people creates nights of service that are truly healing environments for families and facilitators.
No job is too big or too small for one of these dedicated volunteers. You may have seen him changing lightbulbs at the Center, facilitating in the volcano room, serving as a team coordinator, being a buddy at America’s camp or assisting with fundraising events. He showcases the values of the Center in his daily life and demonstrates the active listening skills that are the heart of the Center’s model. In addition to his caring for the families we serve, he demonstrates daily his caring for the center volunteers and the staff making the load a little lighter and fueling the compassion needed to do our work.
Over the last 10 and half years, this second person has been a leader and mentor new volunteers. Trainees tell us that the ways he shares his own experience of facilitating empowers them to bring their unique gifts to their work at the Center. He has been a strong and stalwart presence for his night especially during the many years when he served as the only Team Coordinator. He was also the driving force behind the satellite group that was offered for youth at Long Creek Youth Development Center, bringing the support of the Center to those who could not come here.
It is no surprise that the winners of this year’s Presidents awards are Team Coordinators at the Center. The role of team coordinator is one that takes a special person, one who can balance support with structure, teaching with listening, and leadership with openness. Thank you both for all you do to promote and pass on the Center’s model, values and heart.