We are always looking for volunteers! Here are a few ways in which you can help us support the grieving children, teens and adults directly through support group facilitation and mentor-ship or indirectly though office assistance, fundraising and other administrative ways. Every volunteer and every role is vital to our mission of providing no-cost grief support services in our community.
Group facilitators actively participate as discussion leaders and support persons in our bi-weekly bereavement support groups. There is no formal counseling or therapy as part of these groups. Facilitators work as a team so that the facilitator-participant ratio for each support group is met. To become a facilitator, an individual must attend facilitator training and attend additional in-services as presented including First Aid and CPR. Group facilitation experience is not necessary, as all volunteers will participate in an initial 9 hour training program and shadow experienced facilitators before being assigned to a group. Personal bereavement experiences are helpful, but not mandatory. Group facilitation can also be used as an intern experience for those in bachelor’s or master’s level social work or counselor training programs.
Our Create-a-Keepsake program is open to children, teens and adults who are grieving. Volunteers work with these individuals to create memorial keepsakes, such as stuffed animals or pillows, using their loved ones clothing or other material special to them. We can always use volunteers who are comfortable sewing!
Robin’s Nest Volunteers/Mentors
Volunteers will assist Robin’s Nest Coordinator to participate with youth in monthly “Best Day” activities while allowing the youth to experience positive, caring adult interaction. We work hard to provide fun opportunities, such as skiing, fishing, golfing and more. Volunteers are always needed!
Michael’s Place is continually in need of assistance with general office tasks such as computer data entry, updating files and records, preparing mailings, organizing program materials, soliciting meal donations, etc.
Special Event, Fundraising, and Committee Opportunities
Throughout the year, Michael’s Place has special events and fundraising initiatives that could not be possible without the help of community volunteers. If you have marketing skills, development knowledge, experience with event planning , or have passion for non-profit work, let us know!
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If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at email@example.com or call 231-947-6453 for more information or to schedule a meeting.