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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. Look carefully at the dates of the upcoming training to determine if you are able to attend all sessions. (Trainings are offered several times a year in Portland and twice a year in Sanford).

  2. Request a space in a training class by emailing Beth at or calling her at 207.775.5216 to determine if there is space. Trainings do fill up.

  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.

January Facilitator Training in Portland:

Tuesday, January 8               5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 10            5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12            9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday, January 14              5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16         5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 19            9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.   

Tuesday, January 22             5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


February Facilitator Training in Sanford:

Tuesday, February 5              5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 7             5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9             9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12            5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14           5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 16          9:00 a.m. - 4 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 download 

Portland Volunteer Orientations:

Thursday, December 1312 - 1 p.m.
Thursday, January 35:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: All orientations and trainings are held at 555 Forest Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Sanford Volunteer Orientations:

Wednesday, December 5 4 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30 4-5 p.m.

Location: All orientations and trainings are 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