LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Michael’s Place relies heavily on the generosity of caring individuals and organizations who volunteer time and donate various in-kind contributions. Without this critical support, Michael’s Place would be unable to offer our services to grieving kids, teens and adults on a no-cost basis. If you are looking for an opportunity to have a significant impact on grieving children and families, Michael’s Place is a great place to volunteer!
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.
Family Support Center Volunteers
Volunteers at our Family Support Center (located at the Michael’s Place office) help with our Create a Keepsake workshops, maintain our library, provide support for people who stop in on an as-needed basis, and provide specific opportunities such as art, music, writing and craft activities or workshops that help participants express and deal with their grief.
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. Volunteers 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.
As meals are provided each 2nd and 4th Monday evening of the month for families attending Michael’s Place support group, we need community organizations, churches, restaurants or individuals who are willing to provide a meal to feed 35-40 people during the course of a year.
Short on time, but still want to help?
Visit our Wish List page for items that are helpful as donations to keep Michael’s Place in full swing. Or if you are interested in making a financial contribution, please check our Financial Contributions page for a list of much appreciated monetary donation options.
Register as a Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, download our application below and please contact us at Events@mymichaelsplace.net or call 231-947-6453 for more information or to schedule a screening.
Thank you for your interest in Michael’s Place!