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Peer Support Group Facilitator

Peer Support Group Facilitators

Facilitators work with children and their families one evening or afternoon a week (depending on the program). Please visit the Programs and Services sections of our website for more information. Our current highest need for volunteers is in Sanford, though we have an ongoing need in all programs.

All facilitators go through an intense 30+ hour training before being placed in a support group. Volunteers in the Intercultural Program receive an additional 30 hours of training.

  • Volunteer Facilitators are asked to make a commitment of one-year.
  • To ensure the safety of our families and volunteers, background checks are conducted.
  • All potential volunteers must attend an orientation first. Orientation dates can be found on the right.
  • Facilitators must be at least 18 years old.

Please call the Center at 207.775.5216 to sign up for an orientation first. Facilitator training is only offered to those who have attended an orientation.

Once you have attended a Volunteer Orientation and handed in a completed application, these are the steps to take:

  1. Request to be placed in the training class queue by emailing Beth at .Trainings do fill up so we recommend you go into the training queue as soon as you know you are interested in becoming a facilitator.

  2. Trainings are offered several times a year in Portland and twice a year in Sanford. When we begin filling a class, we contact people in the order they have signed up.  Offers will be sent with a deadline.

  3. Once you have a space, you may pay the $65.00 training fee by mailing a check or paying for it online. (Scholarships are available. Contact us to request one.)

You will receive confirmation once your place in the training is finalized. If you have any questions, please contact Beth at or 207.775.5216, ext. 115.

Facilitators can train and volunteer at either location. Please note that not all who take training will be placed and that a background check is conducted at the end of training.


Portland Facilitator Training Dates - Fall 2019

Tuesday, September 3rd5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 5th5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 7th9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 9th5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11th5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 14th9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Sanford Facilitator Training Dates - Fall 2019

Saturday, September 28th9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1st5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 3rd5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 5th9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8th5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 10th5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

"Sometimes when people hear what I do there as a volunteer, they say, 'Isn't that incredibly sad?' And yes, the circumstances are sad, absolutely. But it has been one of them most amazing and powerful experiences of my life listen to people on their journey—to bear witness to how the love of the Center and these families supporting one another re-energizes lives.

- Maureen, Portland

"I never felt that this work was an obligation, as volunteer work can sometimes feel. Rather, it has been a special gift; an opportunity to learn and grow as I'd never done before."

- Henry, South Portland

"I loved the training. I learned so much and really got in touch with why I was drawn here."

- Liz, Sanford

"Watching people lighten their load, and helping provide a place where that can happen, has to be one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. It's a great thing to be a part of—this love, patience, understanding, and respect."

- Alex, Scarborough

"The stories shared have opened my heart beyond measure and have helped me re-establish perspective about what is really important in life. From families at the Center, I have learned precious lessons in strength, vulnerability, trust, intimacy, and love, against a full range of honest emotions."

- Jennifer, Falmouth

"When I found out about the chance to be a volunteer facilitator for the Center, I said I need to do this, because this is my give back. I was one of the lucky ones. My child survived."

- Jane, Sanford



How to volunteer:

All potential volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation as a first step. The orientation last for one hour and we ask that you bring a completed volunteer application with you. Click here to access our Interactive Volunteer Application!

Portland Volunteer Orientations:

Thursday, August 15noon-1:00
Thursday, September 195:30-6:30
Thursday, October 17noon-1:00
Tuesday, November 125:30-6:30
Thursday, December 12noon-1:00

Location: Held at 555 Forest Ave, Portland, ME.

Sanford Volunteer Orientations:

Wednesday, August 14


Wednesday, September 25


Location: Held at the North Parish Church in Sanford, ME. 


To sign up for an orientation please call Beth at 207.775.5216 or email at