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 through office assistance, fundraising, and other administrative needs. Every volunteer and every role is vital to our mission of providing no-cost grief support services in our community. Internship opportunities are available for those in a variety of programs, including social work, counseling, and other human service fields.
Group Facilitators (Openings Available!)
Group facilitators participate as active listeners, discussion leaders, and support persons in our bereavement support groups. There is no formal counseling or therapy as part of these groups. To become a facilitator, an individual will interview with our grief services coordinator, attend facilitator training, and any additional in-services as presented. Group facilitation experience is not necessary, as all volunteers will participate in an initial training program and shadow experienced facilitators before being assigned to a group. Group facilitation can also be used as an intern experience for those in social work or counselor training programs.
Robin’s Nest Volunteers/Mentors (Currently Full)
Volunteers will assist our Robin’s Nest Coordinator by participating with youth in monthly “Best Day” events. These events allow youth to experience positive, caring adult interaction, while engaged in fun, family-oriented activities. Past opportunities have included, skiing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, fishing, and much more! Volunteer opportunities are also available to people interested in hosting an event.
Create-A-Keepsake Volunteers (Openings Available!)
Create-A-Keepsake is a program that pairs volunteers with individuals to design and create a memorial keepsake. We are looking for volunteers who are skilled in sewing to help individuals and families create items such as bears, pillows, and other materials that honor the memory of their loved ones. Volunteers that have a heart for grieving individuals and want to be a part of the experience, while assisting the families and the staff are welcome, too!
Office Assistance (Currently Full)
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 (Openings Available!)
Ambassadors, special event, and fundraising volunteers for Michael’s Place are those who believe in our mission and are willing to effectively advocate for us in their own network of family, friends, co-workers, church or civic organizations. Special event volunteers help plan, organize and assist at special events and fundraising volunteers are needed throughout the year and may have some experience with grant writing, research, or donor solicitation.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at Volunteer@MyMichaelsPlace.net or call (231) 947-6453 for more information or to schedule a meeting.
Download our Volunteer Enrollment Form HERE