Grief support group volunteer interacts with teens during group meeting.
We are truly grateful for the creativity, talent, energy and dedication of our volunteers. It is our hope that each volunteer benefits in their own way from their experience.
Ways to Volunteer
Here are some of the ways volunteers typically contribute:
- Grief Support Group Volunteer See below
- Ongoing Help – Program preparation, office help, technology, cleaning and organizing, building maintenance, sewing, crafting, building, etc.
- Fund Raising – Annual events and ongoing fundraising efforts
- Custom and Seasonal Projects – For an individual or group (learn more about Service Projects)
- Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Program Committee – Strategic Planning & Direction
Grief Group Volunteers
An incredible opportunity and a huge commitment! Grief support group volunteers work with the children, teen and adult support groups that meet at The Sharing Place. All grief support group volunteers complete an extensive, professional training session and a background check prior to volunteering.
Grief support group volunteers gather in the kitchen at The Sharing Place prior to grief group meetings.
Each of the 14 grief support groups is led by a Grief Support Group Coordinator, with several volunteers assisting. Currently there are 110 support group volunteers — men and women ranging in age from 21 to 78, who have varied backgrounds, interests and careers. Many of our volunteers know from experience what grief feels like, some simply want to gain a better understanding of grief, while others just want to help children in some significant way. Individually and together, the volunteers are what make The Sharing Place the wonderful place it is!
- Training is offered twice a year, typically in January and August.
- Advanced registration for training is required. A $50 non-refundable fee is required with your registration.
- Our professional, highly-respected staff and invited guest grief specialists present during this excellent training/workshop.
- Following the required training and review, each volunteer is placed in a group according to their availability and our needs.
- We ask for a minimum 10-month volunteer commitment (3½ hours, twice per month) to provide continuity within the grief support groups.
- For the safety and security of those we serve, and as required by law, volunteers must successfully complete a background check before assisting with a grief support group.