the Center

Because of our generous supporters, we’re able to offer our services to thousands of families free of cost. We can’t thank you enough -- without your donations, we couldn’t do the work that we do.

Want to become a “Friend of Hope?” Select the monthly giving option to join our Friends of Hope monthly giving program! Giving monthly is a popular way to support our work, because making easy payments throughout the year helps you be as generous as you want to be. You can lower or increase your monthly giving at any time. For your tax purposes, we'll send you in January a statement of the past year's total.

Ways to Give

Bill Hemmens Legacy Society


Bill Hemmens Legacy Society

We all want to know that we have made a difference in our lifetime, especially for a cause that is close to our hearts. By joining the Bill Hemmens Legacy Society, you can ensure that
the Center is here to meet children’s and families’ need for grief support far into the future.

By joining the Bill Hemmens Society, you create a lasting gift of hope for grieving children and families.

The Society is named in honor of Bill Hemmens, who founded the Center following the death of his sister. In trying to find help for his niece Erin, Bill recognized that children need peers and caring adults to support them through their grief, because death profoundly affects every aspect of their lives.

For further information about the Bill Hemmens Society, please contact Lisa Morin, Director of Philanthropy, at 207.775.5216 or

Give in Memory


Give in Memory

Gifts made in memory of a loved one are a special honor for the Center to receive. Those who give them say it’s comforting to contribute to our support of children and families experiencing loss.

The Center also accepts tribute gifts that honor a living person or mark a special occasion such as a wedding, birth, anniversary, birthday, or graduation.

The Center will also send an acknowledgement of your gifts to the person or the family of the person whose life or occasion you memorialized or honored.


For further information about making a gift in memory, please contact Lisa Morin, Director of Philanthropy, at 207.775.5216 or

Star Memorial Wall Donation


Star Memorial Wall Donation

Our Star Memorial Wall is a home for golden stars shining on a purple-tinged wall, in memory of loved ones. It is located at the Center in the room where families gather for an evening’s opening circle.

The wall was inspired by the story, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The little prince learns he can recall happy memories of a friend who has died by looking up at the night sky “as if all the stars were laughing.”

For a donation of $250 or more, the Center will arrange to have a Memorial Star inscribed with the name of someone you want to memorialize. The star becomes a permanent part of the wall—a wall inside a building that can be filled with the emotions of grief but also happy memories and laughter. There’s a lot of laughter heard at the Center at night, as if all our stars on our wall are laughing.

Purchase a star as an individual—like the child who did just that with the money she asked friends to give her as a birthday present—or with contributions from a group of people.

If you would like to purchase a star, or want additional ideas for doing so, please call the Center at (207) 775-5216 or email

Sponsor an Event


Sponsor an Event

Sponsoring Center events offers a special opportunity to do something important for your community. They’re widely publicized and well attended, and every event offers a variety of recognition benefits at different levels of sponsorship. To learn more about our sponsorship packages or for questions, please contact:

To see our upcoming sponsorship opportunities, check out our events.

Wish List


Wish List

Gift Cards

  • Artists and craftsman
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Staples
  • Best Buy
  • Gas Cards
  • Amazon

Toys & Arts & Crafts

  • Jenga Games
  • LED Candles: unscented, please
  • Arts & Craft Supplies: (No kits please)
  • Big Rolls of Paper: white, brown, and black roofing paper
  • Fimo Soft Polymer Clay
  • Bottles of School Glue & Modge Podge
  • Tape: dispensers, masking tape, scotch tape, duct tape, and colorful tape
  • White t-shirts, pillowcases, & tie-dye supplies
  • Toys – We can accept new toys. We cannot accept used toys.
  • Dress Up Clothes: Child-Size Doctor Coat & toy stethoscope
  • Puppets
  • Soft Foam Balls and Blocks
  • Doll house families and small figures representing different cultures, abilities, and professions

Cleaning and Household Supplies

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cloth Dish Towels
  • Dish Soap & Dishwasher Detergent
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Hand Soap
  • Light Bulbs
  • Napkins
  • 3 or 5 oz paper or plastic cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bags – kitchen size

Office Supplies

  • Office Supplies: 8 ½ x 11 White Laser Printer Paper; 8 ½ x 11 Colored Laser Printer Paper; Green or White Binders (1 Inch Width); Green Folders; Manila File Folders; Notebooks and Notepads; Paperclips; Post-It Notes; Staplers, staples
  • Flip Chart Pads and markers
  • Storage totes/bins
  • Batteries: double or triple A

Garden and Facility

  • Floor Lamps
  • Extension Cords and Power Strips
  • Floor Fans

Items the Center does NOT need: Character Items, Coloring Books, Crafting Kits, Crayons, Used Toys; Board Games and Puzzles, Stuffed Animals; Beanie Babies

If you are interested in donating an item please call the Center at (207) 775-5216 or email us at

Your Community Event


Your Community Event

We are so lucky to be a part of a community that wants to give back. We would love to hear from YOU! Should you wish to host a private reception to benefit the Center. We look forward to making your ideas a reality. Reach out to Emma at

Keep up with Our

If you’d like to get involved in supporting the Center for Grieving Children, keep an eye out for our upcoming events and stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings.


Peer Support Group

Facilitators work with children and their families one evening or afternoon a week (depending on the program).

  • Volunteer Facilitators are asked to make a commitment of one-year.
  • All facilitators must complete an intensive 30+ hour training. Volunteers in the Intercultural Program receive additional training.
  • To ensure the safety of our families and volunteers, background checks are conducted.
  • Facilitators must be at least 18 years old.

All volunteers must first attend an orientation, and we invite you to come to the orientation with your volunteer application completed. Click below to view our orientation dates and volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

Philanthropy & Special Events - Office Support - Board Opportunities

All volunteers must first attend an orientation, and we ask that you come to the orientation with your volunteer application completed. Click below to view our orientation dates and volunteer application.

Philanthropy & Special Events

Events are a key way we raise funds and visibility for the Center’s services. Helping with these events includes projects leading up to and during events. Some of our major events include the Auction & Dinner Gala, TD Beach to Beacon, our Golf Tournament, the MidSummer Night’s Soiree, and running events throughout the year.

Office Support

General support is always needed, from helping with mailings, data entry, filing, answering phones, organizing group rooms or closets, and working on special projects. We have a use for any time or skill you would like to contribute. If you have a special gift, such as art, marketing, graphic design, or fundraising, please let us know! Some volunteers will even organize small fundraising events. Fun ideas are always welcome!

Board of Directors

The Center is proud of its excellent board of directors who are heavily involved in fund-raising, promoting the organization, and cultivating donors. They bring a variety of abilities and experience to the Center and give counsel. Our effective board are connectors within our community. They bring their passion to move the Center’s mission forward for the children, teens, families and community.

Contact Anne Heros at to share your interest in Board Opportunities

Does your employer participate in community service? We gladly accept volunteer help from local businesses as part of their community giving programs. We fulfill company volunteering hours with projects such as painting, cleaning, organizing, bulk mailing, gardening, and more. If you’re interested in signing your business up for volunteer hours, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to work with you!

Let’s get started!

Ready to start the volunteer process with CGC? Click below to access the volunteer application; once you have completed your application and attended an orientation, we will be in touch with you regarding next steps.


Orientation Schedule

Portland Orientations

  • Thursday, October 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 12 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: 555 Forest Ave, Portland, ME

Sanford Orientations

  • Wednesday, October 16 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 12 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 18 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: 893 Main Street, Sanford, ME


Our Corporate Partners support all we do here at the Center. Their annual gifts support our families year-round through collaborative, entirely customizable campaigns. These partners support our peer support programs, our community outreach, facilitator trainings, and more—and ensure that all of our services remain available to children and families at no cost, for as long as they need them.