One of the greatest investments Mourning Hope can make in our community and in the lives of grieving families is the recruitment, training and support of a highly committed group of volunteers. Please read the Volunteer job descriptions below to see what is best for you! Print, complete, and mail the Volunteer Application to apply.
Support Group Facilitator
Volunteer facilitators lead evening support groups for youth ages kindergarten through 18 and their families. Groups meet in the evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. Experience is not required. Volunteer facilitators must attend one of our training sessions, and are then matched with an experienced group facilitator who serves as a mentor throughout their first series. Even if you are not sure facilitating a group is for you, you are welcome to attend training! It is part of Mourning Hope's mission to educate the community about helping others who are grieving. Whether or not you ultimately facilitate, attending training will build valuable life skills applicable for everyone. If both you and Mourning Hope believe facilitating is a good fit for you, you will be asked to commit to facilitating at least one 10-week series (one meeting per week for 10 consecutive weeks) within a year of attending training. A background check is completed on all Mourning Hope facilitators before they begin working with families.
2018 Volunteer Facilitator Training
Friday, October 12: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Sunday, October 14: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Participants are expected to attend all sessions of training in order to be eligible to facilitate Mourning Hope grief support groups.
$50 one-time fee to cover the cost of a background check, training materials and meals. A reduced fee may be available for students with a full course load. Payment is accepted online or via check. Please note that Mourning Hope is unable to refund your fee if you pay online and do not attend training.
(Continuing Education is free for current Mourning Hope volunteers facilitators.)
Office Support volunteers are asked to extend a welcome to anyone calling or visiting Mourning Hope, and to perform general office assistance. They may be asked to make copies, prepare packets, assist with mailings or data entry, light housekeeping, and set up for support group meetings. Scheduling will be arranged based upon current needs of Mourning Hope and your availability.
Meal Makers provide a meal during one night of our support groups. This opportunity is a good fit for an individual or a group. Meal Makers prepare and setup a buffet-style meal and provide general oversight while families are dining. Following the meal, they are asked to help put food away and leave the kitchen in order.
Handy Helpers complete simple "fix-it" jobs, tidy up the Center, perform yard work, plant flowers and more.
If you have a talent for sewing, you can help grieving families create comfort items in memory of their loved ones during evening support group meetings! Sewing nights occur approximately once every other month.
Comfort / Therapy Pet Handler
Trained therapy pets and their handlers are invited to attend Mourning Hope's support groups to provide comfort to the grieving children and families in attendance.
Special Event Support
Help coordinate or carry out various events throughout the year such as fundraising events, summer reunions, and more! Time commitment may vary depending on event.
Art From Our Heart and Holiday Hope are opportunities for children ages 6 to 17 to express their feelings through various art mediums. Local artists volunteer their time and talents to work with youth on a Saturday morning. Supplies and location are provided by Mourning Hope.
Speakers Bureau Members
Mourning Hope speakers provide presentations for the community about healthy grieving strategies, helping yourself and others when grieving, the unique needs of grieving children, and grief in the workplace. Speakers bureau members most often are people who have a personal connection with, knowledge of, or passion for helping grieving families. If you are comfortable with public speaking, and think you may be a fit for the speakers bureau, we would love to meet with you and talk more about your unique experiences.
Student Practical Experiences and Internships
In cooperation with you and your instructor, Mourning Hope can design an internship for undergraduates or graduate students in human services, communications, or other related fields. Please contact us as early as possible, as limited opportunities are available. Scheduling of hours will be based upon your unique needs and the availability of our staff to supervise.
Do you have a talent not mentioned above that you would like to share with grieving families? We welcome your ideas and questions.